An investigation by Consumer Reports found that the sleepers were tied to the deaths of 32 babies.
On April 5, Fisher-Price and the Consumer Product Safety Commission jointly issued a warning about the product recommending that consumers stop using it by the time their babies are three months of age or when infants begin to be capable of rolling over. Announcing their demand for a recall, Dr. Rachel Moon, chair of the AAP Task Force on SIDS, said, "We can not put any more children's lives at risk by keeping these risky products on the shelves".
Kennan and Evan Overton's five-month-old son died while in the Fisher-Price Rock 'N Play Sleeper.
According to Consumer Reports , their "review of the data shows that certain cases did have contributing factors such as illness or additional bedding, the number of incidents associated with the Rock 'n Play Sleeper, combined with long-standing expert medical advice that babies should sleep on firm, flat surfaces, raises serious safety concerns about the product".
The most recent infant death took place last month, CPSC spokeswoman Patty Davis told CNN. The cause of death listed for some of the babies was asphyxia.
"We can not put any more children's lives at risk by keeping these risky products on the shelves", said Rachel Moon, MD, FAAP, chair of the AAP Task Force on SIDS.
With a quick search on Facebook's Marketplace and within a 60-mile radius of Milwaukee, TODAY'S TMJ4 saw at least a dozen Rock 'n Play Sleepers for sale. It does not meet the AAP's recommendations for a safe sleep environment for any baby. The AAP advises against using vehicle seats, strollers or other devices for sleep because of the risk that a baby could roll or turn into an unsafe position and be incapable of moving, leading to suffocation or strangulation.
The academy also discourages the use of vehicle seats, strollers or other devices for infant sleep because a baby could roll or turn into an unsafe position and be incapable of moving, resulting in suffocation or strangulation.
"Child safety is our priority", the company said. The group said babies could roll or turn into an unsafe position and suffer suffocation or strangulation when unable to move.
A different Rock 'n Play model was recalled in 2013 due to the risk of mold developing between the seat cushion and the hard plastic frame.
Consumer Reports says that the warning doesn't go far enough based on its investigation and advises parents to stop using infant inclined sleep products for unsupervised sleep altogether.
"CPSC is continuing to investigate the product and, if the evidence indicates a need for a recall, we will take that step".