Fisher-Price recalls baby soothers after 4 infant deaths

The victims 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.

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This photo provided by Consumer Product Safety Commission shows Fisher-Price 4-in-1 Rock ‘n Glide Soothers. Fisher-Price says it is recalling a model of its baby soothers, Friday, June 4, 2021, after the deaths of four infants who were placed on their backs unrestrained in the devices and later found on their stomachs.

This photo provided by Consumer Product Safety Commission shows Fisher-Price 4-in-1 Rock ‘n Glide Soothers. Fisher-Price says it is recalling a model of its baby soothers, Friday, June 4, 2021, after the deaths of four infants who were placed on their backs unrestrained in the devices and later found on their stomachs.

AP

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Fisher-Price is recalling a model of its baby soothers after the deaths of four infants who were placed on their backs unrestrained in the devices and later found on their stomachs.

In a joint statement with the federal Consumer Product Safety Commission, Fisher-Price said Friday it is recalling its 4-in-1 Rock ‘n Glide Soothers, which are designed to mimic the motion of a baby being rocked in someone’s arms.

The victims, who died between April 2019 and February 2020, 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, according to the statement.

Fisher-Price, a division of El Segundo, California-based Mattel Inc., also is recalling a similar product, the 2-in-1 Soothe ’n Play Glider, though there were no reported deaths connected to it.

“Inclined products, such as gliders, soothers, rockers and swings are not safe for infant sleep, due to the risk of suffocation,” said Robert Adler, the federal safety agency’s acting chairman.

About 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 for about $108. The 2-in-1 Soothe ‘n Play Gliders were sold from November 2018 through May 2021 for about $125.

There also were 25,000 4-in-1 Rock ‘n Glide Soothers and 27,000 2-in-1 Soothe ’n Play Gliders distributed in Canada.

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