The American Academy of Pediatrics has said inclined sleepers violate its “safe sleep” guidelines that recommend babies sleep on their backs on flat surfaces in empty cribs or bassinets. The guidelines are intended to avoid accidental suffocation deaths.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission had been examining the safety of the sleepers for at least a year before the Fisher-Price recall. The recall came shortly after Consumer Reports said it had obtained agency records about the numerous deaths connected to the product and pushed for a recall.
A call to the Juvenile Product Manufacturers Association was not immediately returned.
Consumer Reports, the American Academy of Pediatrics and consumer advocates applauded the bills.
“We think it’s great,” said Nancy Cowles, Kids in Danger executive director. “We feel there is no way to make sleep safe in these devices.”