Director of Media Relations, The Public Interest Network
Second major recall of similar products this month shows need for strict oversight to protect babies
U.S. PIRG Education Fund
PHILADELPHIA — Kids2 recalled about 694,000 rocking infant sleepers on Friday after five deaths were reported. This alert comes just two weeks after Fisher Price recalled 4.7 million Rock n’Play baby sleepers, which had been linked to 30 infant deaths in the decade since they were introduced. Some of the babies died when they rolled over while unrestrained in the sleeper.
According to to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), “Parents should immediately stop using the Kids2 sleepers and contact Kids2 toll-free at 1-866-869-7954 or www.kids2.com for a refund or a voucher.”
Adam Garber, U.S. PIRG Education Fund Consumer Watchdog, issued the following statement:
“Parents rightfully expect more rigorous product testing when it comes to protecting infants. For years, the American Academy of Pediatrics has said that a safe sleep surface is hard and flat. Kids2’s products, like Fisher-Price’s before it, clearly fail that test even though they were marketed as safe to sleep to parents across the country.
“Considering how many rocking baby sleepers are out there, and how long they’ve been out there, it will be difficult to make sure that everyone who has one of these sleepers gets proper warning. According to USA Today, Fisher Price’s CFO said it only expected $5 million in returns. That’s not near enough to cover the 4.7 million dangerous sleepers out there. We’re calling for more publicity about these recalls, and for the CPSC, Kids2 and Fisher-Price to use every tool at their disposal to protect American children.”