WASHINGTON, D.C. – Four infant deaths resulted in a recall of the Fisher-Price 4-in-1 Rock ‘n Glide Soothers and 2-in-1 Soothe ‘n Play Gliders the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Fisher-Price announced Thursday.
The fatalities reportedly occurred when infants were placed on their backs unrestrained in the 4-in-1 Rock ‘n Glide Soother and were later found on their stomachs. The incidents took place between April 2019 and February 2020 and claimed the lives of a 4-month old from Missouri, a 2-month old from Nevada, a 2-month old from Michigan and an 11-week old from Colorado.
No deaths were reported in the 2-in-1 Soothe ‘n Play Gliders.
“These types of incidents are heart-breaking,” Acting Chairman Robert Adler said. “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.”
The recall involves CHP56, CHP55 and CBT81 4-in-1 Rock ‘n Glide Soothers. It also involves the GDD28, GDD39, GDD41, GGW85, GNX43, GVG43, HBD26 and HBD27 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. The model number is located on the underside of the base.
Approximately 120,000 4-in-1 Rock ‘n Glide Soothers and 55,000 2-in-1 Soothe ‘n Play Gliders were sold at juvenile product stores and mass merchandisers nationwide and online, including Walmart and Target stores and Amazon.com.
Sales for the 4-in-1 Rock ‘n Glide Soothers took place 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.
Approximately 25,000 4-in-1 Rock ‘n Glide Soothers and approximately 27,000 2-in-1 Soothe ‘n Play Gliders were also distributed in Canada.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled products, contact Fisher-Price for a refund 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.
“There is nothing more important to Fisher-Price than the safety of our products and the trust that families put in us,” Fisher Price General Manager Chuck Scothon said. “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.”
CPSC continues to emphasize that the best place for a baby to sleep is on a firm, flat surface in a crib, bassinet or play yard. Parents and caregivers should never add blankets, pillows or other items to an infant’s sleeping environment. Babies should always be placed to sleep on their backs.