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New Rule Could End Sale of Inclined Sleepers

Posted On 10/22/19

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is proposing a new rule that would effectively eliminate the sale of inclined sleepers, an infant bed that is designed to position babies to sleep on an incline of between 10 and 30 degrees.

However, the American Academy of Pediatrics has long cautioned that these products make it more likely that a child’s airway will become compressed, causing them to suffocate.

A study conducted for the CPSC found that babies have died in inclined sleepers despite pediatricians’ warnings over the years that the devices were not safe.  Erin Mannen, assistant professor of orthopedic surgery at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, directed the study and found that the design of the inclined sleeper is not safe.

Mannen says the risk is from suffocation. The researchers found that the inclined sleeper makes it easier for an infant to roll into a facedown position. If they lack the strength to roll over again they can suffocate.

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As of today, five different inclined sleepers have been recalled, including 4.7 million of the Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Plays. But the recalls happened only after reports of babies dying.  Also, many other inclined sleepers are still available at most major retailers including Target, Kohl’s, Walmart and  Amazon.


Ms. Mannen determined that none of the inclined sleep products tested in the study were safe for infants. The group, U.S. PIRG, says new CPSC rules would require future sleepers to meet the same standards used for bassinets.

According to the website, as of October 4, the CPSC said it had received reports that 54 infant deaths had been linked to inclined sleep products.  Because deaths continue to occur, CPSC is recommending parents stop the use of the product by three months of age, or as soon as an infant exhibits rollover capabilities.  According to medical literature, infants typically begin rollover behaviors at 3 months of age.

The American Academy of Pediatrics’ says the safest place for a baby to sleep is “on his or her back on a firm sleep surface such as a crib or bassinet with a tight-fitting sheet.”

If a loved one our yours has been severely injured by an inclined sleeper or similar product, please contact us for a free case evaluation and consultation.  We can help you get the compensation you deserve.