6/8/21 - Fisher-Price recalls baby soothers after 4 infants die, including 2-month old from Michigan

Fisher-Price announced it is recalling approximately 227,000 baby soothers in the U.S. and Canada after four infant deaths have been connected to the soothers.

The recall affects the 4-in-1 Rock ‘n Glide Soothers, which mimics the feeling of a bay being rocked in someone’s arms, according to the Associated Press.

The recall also affects the 2-in-1 Soothe ‘n Play Glider, however no infant deaths have been linked to using that product.

The AP reports the four deaths were linked to infants being place on their backs unrestrained in the soother and later being found on their stomachs. Fisher-Price issued a joint statement on the recall in association with the Consumer Product Safety Commission and revealed the four infants who died were a 4-month old from Missouri, a 2-month old from Nevada, a 2-month old from Michigan and an 11-week old from Colorado.

The four infants deaths took place between April 2019 and February 2020, the statement read.

“These types of incidents are heart-breaking. Loving parents put their babies in these products never expecting a tragedy,” said Acting Chairman Robert Adler. “Inclined products, such as gliders, soothers, rockers and swings are not safe for infant sleep, due to the risk of suffocation.”

Fisher-Price says it is committed to making sure parents and caregivers understand the proper way to use the products, which includes “the importance of following all warnings and instructions,” the AP reports.

“We believe that every child should grow up in an environment surrounded by purposeful products that have been designed to keep them safe,” said a Fisher-Price spokesperson. “As part of our commitment to safety, we have added respected leaders in quality, safety, and compliance; recently formed the Medical and Scientific Safety Council (MSSC) comprised of renowned pediatricians; and launched the Safe Start education campaign focused on engaging parents and caregivers in important conversations about the safety, health, and development of babies and children.”

Approximately 120,000 4-in-1 Rock ‘n Glide Soothers and 55,000 2-in-1 Soothe ‘n Play Gliders were sold from January 2014 through December 2020, according to the AP. An additional 25,000 4-in-1 Rock ‘n Glide Soothers and 27,000 2-in-1 Soothe ‘n Play Gliders were distributed in Canada.

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