Fisher-Price is recalling 175,000 of its 4-in-1 Rock ‘n Glide and Soothe ‘n Play gliders following four infant deaths that occurred when the infants were placed on their backs unrestrained in the Rock ‘n Glide units and later found on their stomachs.
The recall affects 120,000 4-in-1 Rock ‘n Glide Soothers and about 55,000 2-in-1 Soothe ‘n Play Gliders. Another 25,000 Rock ‘n Glide Soothers and about 27,000 2-in-1 Soothe ‘n Play Gliders were distributed in Canada.
This recall involves CHP56, CHP55 and CBT81 4-in-1 Rock ‘n Glide Soothers and the GDD28, GDD39, GDD41, GGW85, GNX43, GVG43, HBD26 and HBD27 models of the 2-in-1 Soothe ‘n Play Gliders. HBT17 is sold in Canada only. The products have two use modes: A powered glider seat and an infant rocker. In both modes, the product can move in a head-to-toe or side-to-side motion and the model number is located on the underside of the base.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said that there have been reports of four infant deaths in the 4-in-1 Rock ‘n Glide Soother. In these instances, which occurred between April 2019 and February 2020, the infants were reportedly placed on their backs unrestrained in the product and later found on their stomachs. The fatalities were a four-month old from Missouri, a two-month old from Nevada, a two-month old from Michigan and an 11-week old from Colorado.
The CPSC said there have been no fatalities with the 2-in-1 Soothe ‘n Play Gliders.
“These types of incidents are heart-breaking,” said Robert Adler, CPSC acting chairman. “Loving parents put their babies in these products never expecting a tragedy. Inclined products, such as gliders, soothers, rockers and swings are not safe for infant sleep, due to the risk of suffocation.”
“There is nothing more important to Fisher-Price than the safety of our products and the trust that families put in us,” said Chuck Scothon, General Manager of Fisher-Price. “These incidents are indeed heart-breaking. We are committed to educating parents and caregivers on the safe use of all of our products, including the importance of following all warnings and instructions to ensure the health and safety of babies and children.”
The 4-in-1 Rock ‘n Glide Soothers and the 2-in-1 Soothe ‘n Play Gliders were sold at juvenile product stores and mass merchandisers nationwide and online, including Wal-Mart and Target stores and Amazon.com. The 4-in-1 Rock ‘n Glide Soothers 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.
Consumers have been advised to immediately stop using the recalled products and contact Fisher-Price for a refund. To obtain a refund, consumers should visit Fisher-Price online at www.service.mattel.com, and click on “Recall & Safety Alerts,” or call toll-free at (855) 853-6224 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday.
CPSC has advised that the best place for a baby to sleep is on a firm, flat surface in a crib, bassinet or play yard. The agency added that parents and caregivers also should never add blankets, pillows or other items to an infant’s sleeping environment. Babies also should always be placed to sleep on their backs.