Fisher-Price is recalling thousands of its baby Glide Soother products after four babies were found dead from suffocation while using the products.
According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, the babies were placed uninhibited on their backs in the 4-in-1 Rock ‘n Glide pacifiers and were later found on their stomachs.
The suffocation deaths occurred between April 2019 and February 2020, and included a 4-month-old child from Missouri, a 3-month-old child from Nevada, a 2-month-old child from Colorado and an 11-week-old child from Michigan.
Fisher-Price is recalling the 4-in-1 Rock ‘n Glide Pacifier after four babies died of suffocation while using it, and the 2-in-1 Soothe ‘n Play Glider for its resemblance to the 4-in- 1 product
Chuck Scothon, CEO of Fisher-Price, said the products are safe to use if parents and guardians follow the safety warnings and instructions.
“Incidents like this are heartbreaking,” Acting Chairman Robert Adler said. “Loving parents put their babies in these products and never expect a tragedy.”
According to the CPSC, nearly 120,000 4-in-1 Rock ‘n Glide pacifiers were sold between January 2014 and December 2020 for about $108 each.
“Nothing is more important to Fisher-Price than the safety of our products and the trust that families place in us,” CEO Chuck Scothon said in a statement. “These incidents are indeed heartbreaking.”
He added: ‘We are committed to educating parents and carers on the safe use of all our products, including the importance of following all warnings and instructions to ensure the health and safety of babies and children.’
The company is also recalling its 2-in-1 Soothe ‘n Play Gliders.
No fatalities have been reported with these products, but a spokesperson told NBC they were “proactively included in this recall due to its resemblance to the 4-in-1 Rock ‘n Glide pacifier.”
The 2-in-1 product sold for approximately $125 from November 2018 to May 2021.
Both products have two modes: an electric glider and a baby bouncer. In both modes, the CPSC said, the products can move from head to toe or side-by-side.
“Both are safe products when used in accordance with safety warnings and instructions, but we believe the voluntary recall of the products is the appropriate way to reduce the risk of new events,” the spokesperson said in an emailed statement. -mail to the news station.
Briana Nissen took to Twitter following the announcement to share her thoughts on the recall after buying a Baby Glider for her expecting son, saying she “knew I should have bought the 4moms swing lol.”
About one in three U.S. families own a baby sleeper, the Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates, such as the recalled 4-in-1 Rock ‘n Glide pacifier pictured here (stock image)
Briana Nissen took to Twitter after the announcement to voice her views on the recall after buying a Glider Swing for the baby boy she’s expecting
The Consumer Product Safety Commission announced on Wednesday that it will now set standards for these types of products, effectively banning these potentially dangerous sleep products for babies under 5 months of age.
About one in three U.S. families own one of these baby sleepers, the CPSC reports, and William Wallace, safety policy manager for Consumer Reports said, “Anyone who owns any of the recalled products must take immediate action and Fisher-Price must ensure that it is as easy as possible to do.’
He added: ‘We are urging any manufacturer to immediately recall all products marketed for infant sleep that do not quite match expert medical recommendations.
Consumer Reports issued a recall for the Gliders last year, according to: CBS News, and Nancy Cowles, executive director of Kids in Danger, a nonprofit that advocates for child safety in products. NPR: ‘We wish these products were made in such a way that they were either not used for sleeping because the design discouraged them or were safe for sleeping, and not in between, if you put a baby to sleep in them, they can end up in an unsafe position and suffocate.’
In 2019, Fisher-Price recalled about 4.7 million Rock ‘n Play baby sleepers after reports of more than 30 infant deaths in the past decade, and Scothon and Ynon Kreiz, CEO of Fisher-Price’s parent company Mattel, are expected to appear in a House Oversight Committee hearing on the Rock ‘n Play deaths next week.
Anyone with a Glide Pacifier is urged to contact Fisher-Price for a refund, either by visiting service.mattel.com or by calling (855) 853 – 6244.