Baby rockers responsible for 14 deaths; US Officials, Fisher-Price Warning – National

US consumer safety officials are warning parents against using baby bouncers after finding at least 14 reports of child deaths primarily related to Fisher-Price products.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) on Tuesday issued a joint warning with Fisher-Price, detailing how 13 deaths between 2009 and 2021 in the baby-to-toddler rockers and newborn-to-toddler rockers of the United States company were involved. Fisher-Price has sold more than 17 million of these products since the 1990s.

In 2019, another death was reported involving a baby in a Bright Starts Rocker produced by Kids2. According to a separate joint statement with the CPSC, Kids2 has sold more than 1.8 million rockers worldwide since 2012.

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“Parents and caregivers should never use inclined products, such as rocking chairs, gliders, pacifiers and swings, to put babies to sleep and should not leave babies unsupervised, unattended or with bedding in these products, due to the risk of suffocation,” the statement read. warning authorities and companies.

CPSC Commissioner Richard Trumka Jr. released a statement pointing out that the agency has previously addressed an issue like this.

“Just three years ago, this agency oversaw the recall of the Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play after a staggering number of infant deaths. Tragically, we now mourn 13 more child deaths in Fisher Price Rockers,” Trumka wrote.

About four million Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play products were recalled in 2019 after being linked to more than 30 infant deaths, a federal commission found.

In this most recent case, Trumka said the agency was notified of the high number of deaths more than two months ago. The agency was then unable to warn consumers due to a “gag rule,” said Trumka, who restricts the CPSC from issuing such warnings until the company in question has a chance to respond.

Under current law, manufacturers have the right to claim that certain information about their products should be kept confidential, which is why the CPSC must wait for approval before making any public announcements.

Trumka said Fisher-Price was collaborating with the agency, but “we fought an uphill battle to release this information to alert parents and carers.”

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“Congress must immediately repeal the gag rule,” added Trumka. “If CPSC can’t warn in a timely manner, the dangers will remain hidden in people’s homes.”

Teresa Murray, director of the Consumer Watchdog office of the United States Public Interest Research Group Education Fund, released a statement in support of Trumka.

“It makes me sick inside to think that babies have died after authorities investigated suspected deaths involving rockers,” Murray said. “Commissioner Trumka is right: Congress must take action to repeal what the CPSC calls the ‘gag rule’ so that regulators who want to protect us can do their job properly.”

Fisher-Price issued a statement after the joint warning was issued, stating: “We remain committed to educating parents and carers on the safe use of all our products, including the importance of following all warnings and instructions to the health and safety of babies and children.”

The CPSC recently mandated that “infant sleep products have a sleeping surface angle of 10 degrees or less.” The rule goes into effect on June 23.

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