Despite a massive recall earlier this year, the U.S. Product Safety Commission found that retailers including T.J. Maxx, HomeGoods and Marshalls continued to sell recalled infant sleepers.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission recalled the popular Rock n’ Play sleeper in April 2019 due to the risk of injury or death. The commission went on to recall additional inclined infant sleepers under various brand names later that month, as well as issuing a third recall on yet more sleepers in August. Unfortunately, the commission has now found that several retailers continued to sell the recalled products putting that babies at risk.

“At TJX, product safety is very important to us. We deeply regret that in some instances, recalled products were not properly removed from our sales floors despite the recall processes that we had in place,” Andrew Mastrangelo, the manager of media relations for TJX Companies, the parent company of all three brands, said in a statement. “We are taking appropriate steps to strengthen these processes moving forward. We apologize to our customers and encourage anyone who believes they may have one of these products to participate in the recall.”

In October the CPSC issued a new warning, telling parents to stop using all inclined sleepers, regardless of the brand or whether a specific recall had been issued. Based on the results of a study the agency now recommends that parents to avoid using any sleepers that allow babies to sleep at an angle greater than 10 degrees.

“The agency continues to emphasize that the best place for a baby to sleep is on a firm, flat surface in a crib, bassinet or play yard,” the CPSC stated in the warning. “Parents and caregivers should never add blankets, pillows or other items to an infant’s sleeping environment. Babies should always be placed to sleep on their backs.”

You can find the complete list of recalled items sold at T.J. Maxx, HomeGoods and Marshalls here.

—Shahrzad Warkentin

All photos: CPSC

 

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