Fisher-Price Newborn Rock ‘n Play Sleeper has been recalled by Health Canada — more than a month after the U.S. issued a recall over several reports of infant deaths.
The recall alert was issued by the government agency on Wednesday. It explained that as of May 3, there have been no reports of injuries or deaths related to the product in Canada. However, there have been more than 30 reports of infants dying in the United States in the last decade.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission explained on its website that the infants died while in the sleeper, they either “rolled over while unrestrained, or under other circumstances.”
About 2,000 affected products were sold in Canada between December 2009 and February 2011. The recall does not mention the Rock ‘n Play Soother, a similar product that is still sold by the company in Canada.
How to know if your product is affected
The recalled product has the model number R6070, and is located on the inside of one of the round hubs on the frame.
The product has a seat, a metal frame and a plastic backing. There is a removable seat cushion. It is only meant to be used by infants under 25 pounds.
Health Canada notes the affected products’ fabric has yellow sides and a multi-coloured polka dot pattern on the middle of the seat.
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Product doesn’t meet safety requirements
Health Canada explained that the Fisher-Price Newborn Rock ‘n Play Sleeper was advertised as a sleeping accomodation for a baby, but it does not meet the safety requirements in place for cribs, cradles and bassinets.
“As a playtime or soothing seat, the product is not subject to the Cribs, Cradles and Bassinets Regulations,” the health agency explained.
The product was sold in Canada until 2011, but was then removed from the market from parent company Mattel Canada Inc.
After 2011, the sleepers may have been bought by Canadians through third-party retailers or online.
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Instructions for those who own the product
Health Canada is advising those who own the sleeper to stop using it immediately for naptime and overnight sleep.
“At present, Health Canada is not aware of any danger associated with the product when used for supervised playtime or soothing,” the recall alert explains.
For further questions, Canadian consumers can contact Mattel or Health Canada directly.