Rockers made by Fisher-Price and Kids2 have killed at least fourteen children over the past twelve years, yet the products continue to be available for purchase. Thankfully, a government watchdog organization has come forward to warn parents about these popular rockers, which can prove deadly to young children. Details indicate that thirteen babies died while being inside two Fisher-Price rockers called Infant-to-Toddler and Newborn-to-Toddler between the years 2009 and 2021, while an additional death was recorded in 2019 on the Kids2 rocker, which is called Bright Stars.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission warns parents that these rockers might not be safe for infants and babies after all. According to their release, the infants suffocated to death while using the rockers because they fell asleep while in the inclined chairs and lost their ability to breathe normally.

The government commission warns parents not to let their little ones sleep in rockers. The best place for infants and babies to sleep is on a flat, firm surface without any blankets or pillows, as these can also contribute to a dangerous sleep environment. A crib is a great place for a little child to sleep – or a pack-and-play device. Do not let babies and infants fall asleep in these rockers because it can prove deadly if they’re not watched very closely.

Commissioner Richard Trumka led the investigation. He said that after his report was ready to go, Fisher-Price blocked the release of the report for two months because it did not provide its permission for the release of its dangerous products.

You may be surprised to learn that Fisher-Price has had similar problems before. This is not the first time their rockers have been listed as being dangerous for little babies. Back in 2019, another infant rocker by Fisher-Price was recalled from the public after it resulted in more than thirty infant deaths in a short period of time.

Thankfully, the government agency noticed a pattern in infant deaths and began looking into the dangerous rockers. Parents are never supposed to leave an infant or baby unattended while they use an inclined chair rocker because it could result in suffocation.

As for the cause of death of all these children, the government agency released a statement that clarified the point, saying: “Parents and caregivers should never use inclined products, such as rockers, gliders, soothers, and swings, for infant sleep and should not leave infants in these products unsupervised, unrestrained, or with bedding material, due to the risk of suffocation.”

Meanwhile, Fisher-Price has sold more than 17 million rockers across the world since the 1990s. Kids2 has sold more than 1.8 million rockers since they began shipping out their product in 2012.

“Babies should never be unsupervised or unrestrained in rockers, gliders, soothers, or swings,” Trumka said. “Just three years ago, this agency oversaw the recall of Fisher-Price Rock’ n Play after a staggering number of infant deaths. Tragically, we now grieve 13 more infant deaths in Fisher-Price rockers.”

Trumka added, “When [we] need to warn the public about a pattern of death and injury tied to a product, it should be able to quickly issue that warning to prevent further loss of life. Instead, a Gag Rule blocks us from doing so without first seeking permission from the product’s maker. Here, the Gag Rule delayed our message to the public by two months.”

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