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Fisher-Price ignored warnings about kid-killing sleeper

Fisher-Price stored its fashionable Rock ‘n Play inclined child sleeper on the market for a decade, even because the company realized of security considerations and dozens of toddler deaths tied to the product, in keeping with a congressional report.

Fisher-Price, which is a division of El Segundo, California-based Mattel, made no less than $200 million in gross sales from the product in the course of the 10 years it was on the market, in keeping with the report by the US House Committee on Oversight and Reform.

More than 50 infants died utilizing the product earlier than it was recalled in April 2019, the report says.

“Today’s staff report is damning. The committee’s investigation shows how corporate greed and weak federal oversight led to the deaths of dozens of babies in an unsafe product,” committee chairwoman Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney mentioned.

“It is shameful that Fisher-Price endangered lives simply to help its bottom line. The findings of the Committee’s investigation make clear that we must strengthen the Consumer Product Safety Act to put American consumers over corporate profits. I am committed to doing just that.”

More than 50 infants died utilizing the Rock ‘n Play earlier than it was recalled in April 2019.
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Representatives for Fisher-Price didn’t instantly return The Post’s request for touch upon the report. At a congressional listening to earlier this week, executives mentioned the company all the time prioritizes security earlier than it releases a product.

“On behalf of myself and everyone at Mattel, I want to convey my deep and sincere condolences to parents and anyone affected by the heartbreaking tragedies we will discuss today,” Mattel CEO Ynon Kreiz advised lawmakers. “I am a father of four children, and I can only imagine that there cannot be a more terrible loss than that of a child.”

Before the product was recalled in 2019, Consumer Reports President Marta Tellado known as the company out, saying that the recall was “long overdue.”

“Fisher-Price and the CPSC knew about deaths linked to this product for years and could have taken steps to avoid this unnecessary tragedy,” she mentioned on the time.

Fisher-Price began promoting the Rock ‘n Play sleeper in October 2009. The product let infants sleep on their backs with their ft at a downward angle.

But the report alleges the company shortly turned conscious of considerations about the product raised by clients, US medical doctors and even regulators in Canada and Australia.

Fisher-Price reportedly consulted with only one physician earlier than it started promoting the Rock ‘n Play sleeper in 2009.
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Instead of conducting sufficient medical analysis on the product, Fisher-Price pulled from information about different inclined merchandise, like automobile seats, the report says. The company consulted with only one physician earlier than it started promoting the sleeper, in keeping with the committee’s report.

The Texas Medical Board later accused that physician of working towards and not using a license and utilizing unsafe practices, the report mentioned.

The congressional committee’s findings come days after Fisher-Price recalled its 4-in-1 Rock ‘n Glide Soothers in addition to its 2-in-1 Soothe ‘n Play Gliders following the deaths of 4 infants.

“Inclined products, such as gliders, soothers, rockers and swings are not safe for infant sleep, due to the risk of suffocation,” Consumer Product Safety Commission appearing chairman Robert Adler mentioned in an announcement.