(WPRI) — Fisher-Price and its parent company, Mattel, are facing class-action lawsuits over 4.7 million recalled Rock ‘n Play sleepers that have been linked to the deaths of more than 30 infants.
The Rock ‘n Play sleepers were recalled two weeks ago.
According to one lawsuit, a Samantha Drover-Mundy put her baby, referred to in court documents as L.M., down to sleep in a Rock ‘n Play.
When the Delaware mom checked on the child 10 minutes later, the baby was face down and unresponsive. She was almost 3 months old.
The baby’s parents, Drover-Mundy and Zachary Mundy claim “The Rock ‘n Play’s defective design caused L.M. to be unable to breathe while lying in the product, leading to her death.”
In a separate class action suit against Fisher-Price, Cassandra Mulvey, a mother from New York, claims the, “Defendants’ false and misleading marketing of this dangerous product… allowed Defendants to reap vast profits at the expense of consumers who erroneously believed they were obtaining a safe place for their babies to sleep.”
Both families are seeking unspecified damages.
Ann Marie Buerkle, the acting chair of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), said since 2009, there have been at least 30 infant deaths involving the rock and play sleeper.
“I’m urging parents to stop using this product immediately,” she said.
Fisher-Price General Manager Chuck Scothon released a video statement on the company’s website when the recall was announced.
“While we continue to stand by the safety of all of our products, given the reported incidents in which the product was used contrary to safety warnings and instructions, we’ve decided in partnership with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), that this voluntary recall is the best course of action,” Scothon said.
Fisher-Price is offering refunds or vouchers depending on when consumers purchased their Rock ‘N Play sleepers.
The CPSC said it is investigating other inclined sleepers and urged parents to report any incidents involving the products.