House committee asks Graco and Chicco to consider recalls of playards with inclined sleepers

A House of Representatives committee is asking baby product manufacturers Graco and Chicco to consider recalling their popular baby products, citing dozens of infant deaths that have been tied to inclined sleeper products.

In letters shared exclusively with USA TODAY Friday, Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., chairwoman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, requests information on “the design and safety” of Chicco’s Lullaby Playards and Graco’s Care Station Playard products, 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 to Graco.

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The inclined infant sleeper category has been tied to at least 73 reported infant deaths as of late January, according to numbers released then by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Millions of baby sleepers have been recalled since last April including 4.7 million Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play sleepers. In late January, four companies – Graco, Summer Infant, Evenflo and Delta Children – recalled more than 165,000 inclined infant sleepers because they pose a suffocation risk for babies.

Chicco and Graco could not immediately be reached for comment.

This story is developing and will be updated.

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