A review has been launched into infant-aimed products such as bouncers, rockers, and inclined sleep products.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission began the investigation following reports from the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission that about 74 infant fatalities had occurred in the US while using these products.
In particular, more than deaths 30 occured in the Fisher Price Rock 'N Play Sleeper and five in the Kids II Rocking Sleeper.
These models sold in Australia have been voluntarily recalled, with no reports of injuries or death.
The ACCC's review will include a wide range of products, including bouncers, rockers, swings, loungers, bassinet-type products, wedges, recliners, and inclined sleep accessories.
ACCC deputy chairwoman Delia Rickard said the commission would assess the different products available and the potential risks with sleeping and playing.
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"We're focusing on these sorts of products because of recent recalls and increasing concerns regarding the use of infant inclined products," she said.
The review will also look into scientific literature, data, international regulation and changes. It will engage with industry and health experts.
"One of the ACCC's Product Safety Priorities for 2019 is to help prevent injuries and deaths to infants caused by unsafe sleeping products," Ms Rickard said.
"The ACCC urges parents and caregivers to follow expert advice about safe sleep practices - both night and day, place babies to sleep on their backs on a firm, flat surface without pillows, bumpers or other items in the sleep environment and with bedding tucked in securely or alternatively place baby in a safe baby sleeping bag."
The ACCC advised those who own these types of products to:
- Never leave a baby unsupervised;
- Stop using the product if the baby begins to roll;
- Follow the manufacturer's instructions for use of the product;
- Put the product on a flat floor surface away from potential hazards.
For more information visit accc.gov.au.