Fisher-Price and the Consumer Product Safety Commission have announced a recall of a popular baby soother following the death of four babies. The 4-in-1 Rock ‘N Glide Soother was designed to help babies fall asleep. When the children were placed on their backs unrestrained in the soothers, they were later found to have suffocated on their stomachs. “Products like this blur the line between sleep and awake,” Nancy Cowles, the executive director of Kids in Danger, told NPR. “We just wish that these products were made in such a way that they either were not used for sleep because the design discouraged it or were safe for sleep.”
Included in the Recall
The Fisher-Price Rock ‘N Glide Soothers feature inclined seats with a powered rocker that moves up and down and side to side. The recall includes 25,000 units sold at major retailers from 2014 through 2020. If you have one of these products in your home, discontinue use immediately and contact the manufacturer for a refund. Inclined infant sleepers have been linked to more than 100 deaths and hundreds of other incidents.
Fisher-Price’s History of Recalls
The company behind the Rock ‘N Glide Soother has a long history of product recalls. Fisher-Price recalled about 4.7 million of its Rock ‘N Play baby sleepers in 2019 following reports of more than 30 infant deaths tied to the product. While company officials say they are committed to educating parents and customers about using their products safely, others argue that Fisher-Price’s designs are not designed with safety in mind. The CPSC recommends babies be put to sleep flat on their backs to avoid suffocation.
New Safety Standards Ban Inclined Sleepers, Soothers, and Gliders
A day before Fisher-Price announced their latest recall, the CPSC issued new federal safety standards for infant sleep products. “These types of incidents are heart-breaking,” Acting Chairman Robert Adler said. “Loving parents put their babies in these products never expecting a tragedy. Inclined products, such as gliders, soothers, rockers and swings are not safe for infant sleep, due to the risk of suffocation.”
Do I Have An Injury Claim?
We’re currently investigation Fisher-Price Rock ‘N Glide Soother induced injury cases. If your baby suffered injuries or suffocated to death while using a Fisher-Price product, contact our team immediately for a free consultation. Get justice for your family and hold negligent manufacturers responsible for their unsafe product designs.