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The U.S. House of Representatives is asking Graco to recall its Care Station Playard over concerns that an inclined sleeper accessory sold with the product may be designed similar to sleepers which have been linked to at least 73 infant deaths from strangulation.
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Update: Graco Pack n Play Accessory Recalled for Roll-Over Hazard

Graco is recalling more than 50,000 inclined sleeper accessories sold with the following Graco Playards after similar products were linked to fatalities after babies rolled from their back to their stomach or side while unrestrained:

  • Graco Pack ‘n Play Day2Dream Playard & Bedside Sleeper - Model Numbers 2034085, 2048753 and 2053215
  • Graco Pack ‘n Play Nuzzle Nest Playard - Model Numbers 1947177 and 1896392
  • Graco Pack ‘n Play Everest Playard - Model Numbers 1946902 and 1946903
  • Graco Pack ‘n Play Rock ‘n Grow Playard - Model Number 2105055

This recall began on December 16, 2020. The CPSC Recall Number for these items is 21-052.

What's the Problem?

In a letter shared with USA TODAY [1], Rep. Carolyn Maloney, chairwoman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, requested data on "the design and safety" of the Graco Care Station Playard and Chicco's Lullaby Playard products, both of which include an inclined sleep component.

"The recall of other inclined sleeper products and the continued sale of inclined nappers raises serious concerns about the internal and regulatory processes for introducing new products for infants and children into the market and the marketing tactics used to sell those products," Maloney wrote in the letter, which called on both companies to provide documentation about their products' safety by March 20, 2020.

An April 2019 Consumer Reports investigation [2] linked inclined sleepers to at least 73 infant deaths and more than 1,000 incidents. The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) [3] has warned consumers not to use any inclined sleeper products and asked manufacturers to remove their sleepers from the market. Several major retailers, including Amazon, eBay, and Walmart banned all inclined sleepers from their stores and websites in Dec. 2019.

Studies have found that inclined sleepers, which position babies at an incline of 10 to 30 degrees, are not a safe sleep environment because they can increase the risk of airway compression, suffocation, and death. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that babies should be put to sleep on their backs on a firm, flat surface that is free of bumpers and other soft bedding.

The U.S. House of Representatives in Dec. 2019 passed the Safe Sleep for Babies Act [4], which prohibits the sale of sleepers with an inclined surface of greater than 10 degrees for infants up to 1 year old.

"My bill will save lives," said Congressman Tony Cárdenas, author of the bill. "The Safe Sleep for Babies Act will protect American babies by banning life-threatening inclined sleeper products from store shelves."

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