April 15, 2019
Deaths of over 30 infants in the United States have been reported since 2009 involving U.S. Fisher-Price cradle-type infant cribs. In response, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) hereby announces that it has decided to ask consumers who have purchased the product in question to stop using it.
1. Outline of the reports released by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)
According to the reports released by the CPSC, there have been over 30 infant deaths involving U.S. Fisher-Price cradle-type infant cribs since 2009. The causes of death were suspected to be suffocation after the infants rolled over in the crib under various circumstances including while the crib’s safety belt was not fastened, which is a condition that goes against the safe use instructions of the product. The CPSC has been asking consumers who have purchased any of the products in question to stop using them.
2. Current situations of the products in question in Japan
The company has not directly sold the products in question for the Japanese markets. However, METI has confirmed that many Japanese businesses have placed and sold the products on online shopping malls.
METI has already requested that online shopping-mall companies refrain from placing or selling the products in question. To prevent further accidents, METI requests consumers who have purchased any of the products in question to stop using the products immediately.
No accidents involving the products in question have been confirmed in Japan so far.
3. Products subject to the call
(1) Product name: All models of Rock’n Play Sleepers
(2) Number of the products sold worldwide: 4.70 million
Division in Charge
Product Accident Information and Analysis Office, Product Safety Division, Industrial and Product Safety Policy Group