The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is investigating the Fisher-Price Rock 'n Play Sleeper, following reports from the US that 10 infants have died since 2015 after rolling over in the sleeper.
In the US, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSP), in conjunction with Fisher-Price – and ultimately Mattel – issued a warning about the product and recommended that consumers stop using the sleeper when infants get to three months of age – the age when rolling behaviours begin, according to medical literature.
A spokesperson for the ACCC told The Sydney Morning Herald that the sleeper was being investigated “as a matter of priority,” and that the ACCC wasn't aware of any deaths or injuries from the Rock 'n Play sleeper in Australia.
“The ACCC urges parents with this product to keep it out of reach of children. We are always concerned by reports such as those we are seeing from the US,” the spokesperson said.
Fisher-Price also released a statement regarding the matter and said that the entire Fisher-Price team takes child safety very seriously.
“A child fatality is an unimaginable tragedy.
“Fisher-Price has a long, proud tradition of prioritising safety as the cornerstone of our mission.
“Generations of parents have trusted us for almost 90 years to provide safe products for their children. We are there with you from the moment you bring your child home and take our responsibility for product safety very seriously.
“The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Fisher-Price have jointly issued an alert warning parents and caregivers to discontinue use of the Rock ‘n Play Sleeper when infants begin to roll over.
“To ensure a safe sleep environment for infants, we remind parents and caregivers to follow all safety warnings included with the product: always use the provided restraints, always place infants on their backs to sleep, and make sure that no pillows, blankets or extra padding are placed in the Rock ‘n Play Sleeper.
“The Rock ‘n Play Sleeper meets all applicable safety standards, including those of the international standards organisation, known as ASTM International, and is certified by the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA).
“Fisher-Price and every one of our employees take the responsibility of being part of your family seriously, and we are committed to earning that trust every day,” the statement said.