On April 12, 2019 the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced a voluntary recall of all Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play Sleeper models. They have urged consumers to immediately stop using the sleeper since numerous infant fatalities were reported.
The Fisher-Price recall is issued for approximately 4.7 million Rock’n Play Sleeper products that were sold in all major retailers internationally.
As of today, over 30 infant fatalities and hundreds of injuries have been reported to have occurred in the sleeper since the Rock’n Play Sleepers introduction in 2009.
Leading Up to the Fisher-Price Recall
Fisher-Price, a subsidiary company of Mattel, Inc. that saw about 4.5 billion in net sales in 2018, was made aware of safety concerns as early as 2011.
According to Consumer Reports (CR), in 2011 Australian regulators wrote to Mattel stating that the sleeper did not follow recommended best practices and further stated that the Rock’n Play Sleeper should not be used as infant bedding.
The Royal College of Midwives in the U.K. shared their concerns and told Fisher-Price that the product was only suitable for short periods of time where the infant could be supervised. In response, according to CR, a Fisher-Price employee wrote an internal email stating “Please see attached the findings from the Royal College of Midwives testing on the sleeper. I’m afraid the findings don’t have good implications for a UK launch.”
Days Before the Product Recall
Since then other concerned institutions have highlighted the safety-related defects of the sleeper’s design. In the days leading up to the recall, organizations such as the American Academy of Pediatrics attracted the necessary attention and added pressure needed to see this recall announced.
- April 5 -The Federal Government and Fisher-Price issued a warning to the general public addressing the safety concerns with the product.
- April 8 – Consumer Reports released their investigation on the product defects and safety issues which were known to them.
- April 9 – The American Academy of Pediatrics called on the CPSC to immediately recall the Fisher-Price Rock’n Play Sleeper citing the Consumer Reports’ investigation.
- April 12 – The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Announces Voluntary Recall of the Fisher-Price Rock’n Play Sleeper
The Company’s Liability Due to the Defective Sleeper
If you have been harmed, injured or have lost a loved one due to a defective product, such as the Rock’n Play Sleeper, you have a right to hold the company liable through a product liability claim.
While product liability laws vary from state to state, the initial questions to ask yourself remain consistent. If you believe all of the statements below can be answered as true, please consider contacting a product liability lawyer.
- The product is defective.
- You or a loved one suffered an injury.
- The defect caused the injury.
- You were using the product as the company intended.
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Source: Eisenberg, Rothweiler, Winkler, Eisenberg & Jeck, P.C.