The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Fisher-Price just announced that at least 13 babies died in the last 12 years while lying in a Fisher-Price Infant-to-Toddler Rocker or Newborn-to-Toddler Rocker, and advise that rockers of any brand never be used for infant sleep.

This comes after the release of a 'gag rule' which holds the CPSC from relaying information to the public before the company under investigation has the ability to respond to the findings.

Rich Trumka Jr. is the CPSC Commissioner who said that three years ago the agency oversaw the recall of the Fisher-Price Rock 'n Play rocker, and that we now grieve 13 more infant deaths in Fisher-Price rockers.

In 2019, an infant died while lying in the Kids 2 Bright Starts Rocker, but the rocker was not recalled.

Infant rockers are designed to give soothing, calming motion to relax babies for sleep, and often the incline helps those with reflux conditions or sensitivities. Trumka said,
"No inclined product, made by Fisher-Price or any other company, is safe for infant sleep."
He urged consumers to report any incidents that involved infant rockers or any other incline products to the CPSC at www.saferproducts.gov.

The deaths were discovered over two months ago but the CPSC couldn't release that info to the public until the 'negative information' about the product or company was responded to by the company.

Fisher-Price did cooperate with the investigation, but Trumka said releasing the information to warn parents and caregivers was an uphill battle, and he urges Congress to repeal the 'Gag Rule' to protect consumers. Otherwise, Trumka believes, the CPSC cannot appropriately warn about hidden dangers in people's homes.

Teresa Murry is the director of the Consumer Watchdog office of the United States Public Interest Research Group Education Fund. Murray said that the thought babies may have died after authorities were already investigating suspicious deaths is sickening and that Congress should revoke the 'Gag Rule' so the public can be warned.

Newly-made sleep products fall under a new rule for infant sleep products that require them to have a sleep surface angle of 10 degrees or less, and this rule goes into effect June 23.