Baby sleeper recalled in Australia after link to deaths

It has urged consumers to stop using the sleepers immediately and contact Fisher-Price for a refund.

Fisher-Price is recalling 5 million infant sleepers after the deaths of more than 30 babies were linked to their use.

It's been revealed, 32 infants have died while using the Fisher-Price Rock 'n Play Sleeper (pictured below), since it was introduced to the retail market in 2009.

In a statement, Fisher-Price owner, Mattel confirmed the recall and stood by the product's safety.

"Since the 2009 product introduction, over 30 infant fatalities have occurred in Rock 'n Play Sleepers, after the infants rolled over while unrestrained, or under other circumstances".

The CPSC has estimated the recall affects about 4.7m products.

Fisher-Price said it stands by the safety of its product, but due to the reported incidents of infant deaths, it made a decision to conduct the voluntary recall in partnership with the CPSC.

The products were sold at major retailers for about $40 to $149.

"Questions have been raised about the Fisher-Price Rock 'n Play Sleeper - that's why today, we are announcing a voluntary recall of all units of the product", Fisher-Price said on its website.

Australia's safe sleep guidelines state a baby should be placed on their back to sleep on a firm, clean and flat mattress with no loose bedding or other items nearby.

All of the 10 infants were at least three months old.

While it has been noted that many of these deaths occured while the baby was not properly restrained - as instructed explicitly by the product instruction manual - the American Academy of Pediatrics argues that products with restraints shouldn't be used for sleeping in the first place. Ezra was asleep in the Rock n' Play while his father, Keenan, slept on a couch next to him. The baby was lying on the sleeper with his face down, his nose squished down, and his face was already blue.

Fisher-Price has been facing several lawsuits related to infant deaths involving the Rock n' Play.