The US federal Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced, this week, a recall of more than 165,000 infant incline sleepers due to concerns over suffocation risk. Four baby product manufacturers have been impacted with the recall and are, so far, fully cooperating, according to the CPSC.
In a recent news release, the CPSC said, “Infant fatalities have been reported with other manufacturer’s inclined sleep products, after the infants rolled from their back to their stomach or side, or under other circumstances.”
The four companies and infant incline sleeper models affected by the recall are:
- Delta Enterprise Coproration Deluxe Incline Sleeper, model numbers 27404-2255, 27404-437, 27404-758, and 27404-942
- Evenflo Pillo Portable Napper, model number 12132125
- Graco Little Lounger Rocking Seat, model numbers 1872034, 1875063, 1875102, 1877160, 1882081, 1896313, 190896313, 1914283, 2047734, 1922809
- Summer Infant’s SwaddleMe By Your Bed Sleeper, model number 91394
As you can see, the recall affects these brands disproportionately. They have all been sold in the United States at retail stores like Target, Kohl’s, JCPenney, and Walmart as well as online merchants like Amazon. The Graco Little Lounger Rocking Seat has also been sold in Mexico and was the leading seller of the four brands (at 111,000 units in the US and 1,800 in Mexico). The Summer Infant SwaddleMe By Your Bed Sleeper was the second most popular, selling 46,000 units in the United States.
Inclined sleeper seat products have been linked with 73 reported infant deaths, previously, but fortunately no such fatalities have been reported in the present recall. For example, Fisher-Price recalled 4.7 million Rock ‘n’ Play sleepers in April 2019 (the largest such recall in history); and it was followed by a similar recall of 700,000 sleepers from Kids II.
In light of this recall, the CPSC emphasizes that a firm and, most importantly, flat surface is the best place for a baby to sleep. A crib or bassinet, then, makes for the smartest and safest bet. However, it is also important to remove blankets, pillows, and other items from sleeping areas as they can be a danger to sleeping babies.