Deadly baby sleeper still available online despite urgent Australian recall

| 14.04,19. 03:55 PM |




Deadly baby sleeper still available online despite urgent Australian recall



One of the Mattel Fisher Price Rock 'n Play baby sleepers that has been recalled.Image: Supplied/Supplied

An American-made baby sleeper that is available online for as little as $45 and has been linked to more than 30 baby deaths in the US has been urgently recalled in Australia.


The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission will work with Mattel's Fisher Price to recall the company's Rock 'n Play baby sleepers, an ACCC spokeswoman said.


The announcement came after the US Consumer Product Safety Commission said it would recall 4.7 million Fisher-Price Rock 'N Play sleepers and advised parents to immediately stop using the product.


Although not commercially available in Australia, the sleeper is easily purchased new online from overseas sites and there is also a big local second-hand market.


On Sunday afternoon 7NEWS.com.au found the sleeper for sale for just $45 on a widely used classifieds site for second-hand baby goods.


"Mattel has confirmed to the ACCC today that it will conduct a voluntary recall of the Fisher Price Rock 'n' Play in Australia," the consumer watchdog said in a statement.


"The ACCC will work with Mattel to publish the recall as soon as possible."


A recent investigation found 32 infants had died while using the sleeper since the product was introduced in 2009.


"Infant fatalities have occurred in Rock 'N Play Sleepers after the infants rolled from their back to their stomach or side, while unrestrained or under other circumstances," the US consumer safety agency said.


Australia's safe sleep guidelines state a baby should be placed on their back to sleep on a firm, clean and flat mattress with no loose bedding or other items nearby.



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