Do NOT used inclined sleepers officials warn as death toll hits 73 babies

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The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued a warning against using any inclined baby sleepers after studies and recalls revealed that the deaths of 73 infants have been linked to the popular products. 

Pediatricians advise that babies should sleep flat on their backs and investigations, lawsuits and research have found that a disproportionate number of infants have died while sleeping in bassinets that keep them at an angle. 

Research suggests that sleeping at an incline increases the risk that babies will roll over and suffocate to death.  

As a result, Fisher-Price recalled its entire Rock 'n Play Sleeper line in April after a Consumer Reports investigation linked the product to at least 32 infants' deaths. 

Earlier this week, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York called on officials to issue a recall for all similarly designed products, and last month, a University of Arkansas study confirmed that the sleepers make it easier for babies to roll over and suffocate.

The CPSC has stopped short of recalling the inclined sleepers but is now warning all Americans that they are all unsafe to use, even if their makers have not recalled the products. 

The popular Fisher-Price Rock 'n Play Sleeper has been linked to the deaths of 30 infants and a Washington Post report claims it was not tested by the right doctors and slipped through the cracks of out-of-date safety regulations

The popular Fisher-Price Rock 'n Play Sleeper has been linked to the deaths of 30 infants and a Washington Post report claims it was not tested by the right doctors and slipped through the cracks of out-of-date safety regulations

Fisher-Price's recall, announced on April 12, was the largest of the infant sleeper recalls, affecting 4.7 million products. 

But it was by no means the only one. 

In August, Eddie Bauer and Disney both recalled their similar sleepers, amounting to about 24,000 inclined bassinets. 

Now, the CPSC is advising that parents and caretakers stop using any sleeper that allows a baby to lie at an angle greater than 10 degrees.  

The products have been around - and popular - for a decade now, enjoying a reputation for being soothing to infants since Fisher-Price introduced the first novel, angled sleeper to the market. 

Not only did it turn out to be unsafe, but a Washington Post investigation has revealed that Fisher-Price never tested the sleeper's safety before putting millions of the products on the market. 

The Rock 'n Play Sleeper has been at the center of class action lawsuits and in the pages of the court documents, The Washington Post found proof that the product received not received clinical evaluation until eight years after its 2009 introduction. 

And its invention preceded changes to safety codes that would have required it to be flat, not at the sleeper's once unique, but ultimately fatal, angle.  

Consumer product safety standards are in place to protect vulnerable people from bringing home things that could fail or worse, do them harm. 

And no consumer is more vulnerable than a baby. 

Yet an immensely popular product, designed for infants not only slipped through the cracks

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