About 25,000 4-in-1 Rock ‘n Glide Soothers and 27,000 2-in-1 Soothe ‘n Play Gliders were also distributed in Canada.
Infants who are placed unrestrained in the product and later found on their stomach are at risk of suffocation.
There have been reports of four infant deaths in the 4-in-1 Rock ‘n Glide Soother. The infants were reportedly placed on their backs unrestrained in the product and later found on their stomachs, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. These incidents occurred between April 2019 and February 2020.
The fatalities 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. There have been no fatalities in the 2-in-1 Soothe ‘n Play Gliders.
“These types of incidents are heart-breaking,” said Robert Adler, acting chair of the CPSC. “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.”
“There is nothing more important to Fisher-Price than the safety of our products and the trust that families put in us,” said Chuck Scothon, general manager of Fisher-Price.
Scothon said the company is committed to educating parents and caregivers on the safe use of all of its products, including the importance of following warnings and instructions to ensure the health and safety of babies and children.
This recall involves CHP56, CHP55 and CBT81 4-in-1 Rock ‘n Glide Soothers. It also involves the GDD28, GDD39, GDD41, GGW85, GNX43, GVG43, HBD26 and HBD27 of the 2-in-1 Soothe ‘n Play Gliders. HBT17 is sold only in Canada.
The products have two use modes: A powered glider seat and an infant rocker. In both modes, the product can move in a head-to-toe or side-to-side motion.
The model number is located on the underside of the base.
The Rock ‘n Glide Soothers were sold at juvenile product stores and mass merchandisers nationwide and online, including Walmart and Target stores and Amazon.com.
The 4-in-1 Rock ‘n Glide Soothers were sold from January 2014 through December 2020, for about $108. The 2-in-1 Soothe ‘n Play Gliders were sold from November 2018 through May 2021, for about $125.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled products and contact Fisher-Price for a refund, the company and CPSC advise.
To get a refund, consumers should visit Fisher-Price online at www.service.mattel.com and click on “Recall & Safety Alerts,” or call 855-853-6224 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday.
The CPSC recommends that the best place for a baby to sleep is on a firm, flat surface in a crib, bassinet, or play yard. Parents and caregivers should never add blankets, pillows, or other items to an infant’s sleeping environment. Babies should always be placed to sleep on their backs.
For more information, visit Fisher-Price online at www.service.mattel.com and click on “Recall & Safety Alerts,” or call 855-853-6224 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday.
For details on recalls, see www.recalls.gov.
On Wednesday, the CPSC approved a new rule to regulate products sold for infant sleep for babies under 5 months old.
Beginning in mid-2022, any product sold for infant sleep is required meet a federal safety standard.
Fisher-Price began selling inclined sleepers in 2009 that allowed babies to sleep at a 30-degree angle, although the CPSC recommends that babies should sleep on flat surfaces.
The new federal rule specifies that any baby sleeper must be no more than 10-degrees.