Despite dozens of infant deaths from use of the Rock N' Play Sleeper, some day care center may still be using them.
More Than Half a Million Sleepers Recalled
The warning about the Fisher-Price Rock 'N Play, according to Consumer Reports, has prompted the recall in April of about 700,000 sleepers.
Though there were media reports about the recall, according to one mom, the Rock 'N Play was still in use at her son's day care in June.
Day Care Director 'Was Confused'
Mom Sara Landis called her husband, Adam Garber, who works in product safety. Garber contacted their son's day care. The response was a little less than ideal:
"Our day care provider, who cares deeply about the kids, was really confused,” Garber said when he asked her why they're still using a sleeper that's had warnings and recalls attached to it.
Warning Not the Same As Recall
The day care director, according to Garber said she thought there had only been a warning about the product.
“.... and that as long as the product was properly used, and babies were buckled in, it would be fine.”
Message Isn't Getting Out There
So the day care had received notice of the initial warning, which didn't point to a recall, but the director missed the latter news of Fisher-Price's full recall of the Rock 'N Play.
And it turns out that plenty of other day cares didn't get the message either.
In a survey by U.S. Pirg and Kids In Danger, out of 376 day care sites surveyed say one in 10 were still using the Rock 'N Play. The study was conducted between June 20 and July 10.
More Work To Be Done
The findings are prompting more discussion about product recalls and how or why companies aren't getting the whole story.
Nancy Cowles, executive director of KID, says:
“More needs to be done by the CPSC and the recalling company to make sure that they’re reaching anyone who might be using the product.”