Fisher-Price remembers 5 million infant swamps after deaths of more than 30 children were linked to their use.
The New York Times reported that in most cases, the babies spread after rolling over to the stomach or side from the back.
The problem is not only for Fisher-Price though, according to security groups.
Kids In Danger – an organization that works to protect children through product safety regulation – issued a warning against prone sleepers in June 2018. The organization said that once infants can roll over, there is an increased risk of baby being caught in a position they cannot escape. But it is a difficult measurement to regulate as each baby develops at a different rate ̵[ads1]1; some roll over for five months, and some before three months.
Although it has been noted that many of these deaths occurred while the child was not properly maintained – as explicitly instructed by the product guide – the American Academy of Pediatrics argues that products with limitations should not be used to sleep in the first place.
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AAP issued a statement on Tuesday explaining how car seats , strollers and "units" can be dangerous when used as an infant's sleeping space. The Academy said that leaving a baby to sleep in something that requires a restraint constitutes "the risk of a baby rolling or turning into an insecure position and not being able to move, leading to suffocation or distortion . "
The Times reported that Mattel – Fisher-Price's parent company – released a statement on Friday that stood by its product. Despite confidence in existing product safety, Mattel agreed to a voluntary product recall encouraged by the Consumer Product Safety Commission "due to reported events where the product was used in violation of security warnings and instructions."