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Fisher-Price recalls Rock 'n Play sleepers in U.S. after more than 30 babies die

Fisher-Price has recalled nearly five million infant sleepers in the U.S. after more than 30 babies died in them over a 10-year period. Health Canada said Saturday that the Fisher Price Rock 'N Play Sleeper is "not permitted for sale in Canada."

Deaths occurred after infants rolled over from their backs to stomachs or sides while unrestrained

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says anyone who bought any models of the Fisher-Price Rock 'n Play sleeper should stop using it right away and contact Fisher-Price for a refund. The recall covers about 4.7 million of the sleepers in the U.S. (U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission via AP)

Fisher-Price has recalled nearly five million infant sleepers in the United States after more than 30 babies died in them over a 10-year period.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said anyone who bought a Fisher-Price Rock 'n Play sleeper should stop using it right away and contact Fisher-Price for a refund or voucher. The sleepers, which are used to put babies to sleep, are soft-padded cradles that vibrate.

In announcing the recall on Friday, Fisher-Price and the CPSC said the deaths occurred after infants rolled over from their backs to their stomachs or sides while unrestrained, but did not specify how they died. In an article this week, Consumer Reports found that some of the infants died from suffocation.

A safety warning was issued last week, but the American Academy of Pediatrics urged Fisher-Price and the CPSC to recall the sleepers, calling them "deadly."

Health Canada said Saturday that the Fisher Price Rock 'N Play Sleeper is "not permitted for sale in Canada."

"If Health Canada determines this product was made available in Canada, it will take appropriate action as necessary," a spokesperson said in an email.

In a statement, Fisher-Price said that it stood by the safety of its products and said it issued the voluntary recall "due to reported incidents in which the product was used contrary to the safety warnings and instructions."

The recall covers about 4.7 million sleepers, which sold for between $40 and $149 US since 2009.

with files from CBC News