A recent spate of deaths have prompted another round of recalls for inclined infant sleepers. Inclined sleepers position sleeping babies at an approximately 30-degree angle. This can cause suffocation and fatalities.
We brought you a story about recalls earlier this summer for inclined infant sleepers. This week, the Eddie Bauer Slumber and Soothe Rock Bassinet and the Disney Baby Doze and Dream Bassinet were recalled due to string of infant deaths and inquiries from lawmakers.
About The New Recall
Now, a third company, Dorel Juvenile Group recalled two versions of its infant sleepers out of concerns over other brands’ sleepers and the deaths associated with them. No deaths or injuries have been reported or affiliated with Dorel products.
Last month, we reported two other companies – Fisher-Price and Kids II – recalled theirs as a result of the CPSC ruling that the products were unsafe.
A May Washington Post article told how Fisher-Price invented the inclined sleeper category based on faulty science, without safety testing and no input from pediatricians or any professional consumer watchdog groups.
Previous Recalls On Inclined Sleepers
Kids II recalled its sleepers two weeks after Fisher-Price, as its product was linked to five deaths.
Fisher-Price then recalled a different type of inclined sleeper accessory, although no deaths were reportedly connected to it- thus marking Fisher-Price’s full retreat from a product category the company had invented a decade earlier.
Federal Lawmakers Have Your Back
Federal lawmakers introduced bills in June calling for bans on all infant sleeping devices with an incline greater than 10 degrees. As stated earlier, inclined sleepers currently position sleeping infants at a 30 degree incline.
The American Academy of Pediatrics says inclined sleepers do not follow their “safe sleep” guidelines. They recommend babies sleep on their backs. Further, sleeping surfaces should be flat and cribs or bassinets should be empty. These guidelines are as such to avoid accidental deaths by suffocation.
Sleepers Still On The Market
Despite the recalls, several companies continue to make inclined sleepers. And although the CPSC knows of at least 50 deaths linked to the products, they are no longer working on a total and complete ban of the products.
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