Feds issue warning on infant sleep positioners after a dozen deaths

Infant sleep positioner warning.
Infant sleep positioner warning.

Two federal agencies today issued a warning to parents to stop using infant sleep positioners - marketed as safety devices - following the deaths of 12 infants. They want consumers to stop using them, companies to stop marketing them and retailers to stop selling them.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said the deaths occurred when the babies got trapped between the positioner and the side of a crib or bassinet and suffocated. The dozen deaths were recorded over 13 years, in addition to dozens of other reports of close calls.