June 4, 2021
(Reuters) – Mattel Inc said Friday it was recalling some Fisher-Price deckchair models following reports of four infant deaths, and the toy manufacturer requested that the product not be used due to the choking hazard.
Mattel said it was recalling the “4 in 1 Rock ‘n Glide Pacifiers” and 2 in 1 Soothe’ n Play gliders, adding that there were no glider-related fatalities.
Babies aged 11 weeks to 2 months were in soothers and were reportedly placed on their backs without restriction and later found on the stomach, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) said, adding that the deaths occurred between April 2019 and February 2020. (https://bit.ly/3uMVqrb)
“Tilted products, such as gliders, pacifiers, swings and swings are not safe for babies to sleep due to the risk of choking,” said CPSC Acting President Robert Adler.
About 120,000 “Rock ‘n Glide Soothers” were sold between January 2014 and December 2020 in retail stores including Walmart, Target and Amazon, Mattel said. From November 2018 to May 2021, approximately 55,000 “2 in 1 Soothe ‘n Play aircraft” were sold.
Fisher-Price will offer a refund for the specified models, the company said.
Shares of Mattel fell roughly 1% to $ 20.66.
(Reporting by Nivedita Balu in Bengaluru; editing by Shounak Dasgupta)