Congressman Krishnamoorthi: “Integrity Is What You Are When No One Is Looking, And This Episode Demonstrates A Shocking, Shocking Lack of Corporate Integrity”
SCHAUMBURG, IL – During a House Committee on Oversight and Reform hearing, Congressman Krishnamoorthi questioned Chuck Scothon, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Fisher-Price, on the infant deaths associated with the Rock ‘n Play Sleeper sold by Fisher-Price. The Rock ‘n Play Sleeper was on the market for a decade, during which time Fisher-Price was aware of safety concerns that caused the death of at least 97 infants.
During his questioning, Congressman Krishnamoorthi highlighted that in 2005 the American Academy of Pediatrics released recommendations stating that infants should be placed for sleep horizontally on their backs. Despite that professional recommendation, four years later, Fischer-Price’s Rock ‘n Play – a product marketed to be an inclined sleeper – was introduced to the public. In 2011, Australia rejected the Rock ‘n Play as being a suitable sleeper for infants, and Canada forced the product to be re-named as a “soothing seat” rather than a “sleeper” due to safety concerns. Meanwhile, in the United States, lax consumer protection laws and a lack of oversight allowed the product to continue to be sold and marketed as safe for infants.
“We continue to be outraged by the disregard for consumer safety standards from corporations designing products for our infants and children,” Congressman Krishnamoorthi said. “Despite evidence of 97 infant deaths from the Rock ‘n Play Sleeper, Fischer-Price continued to market this product without transparency to the consumer. The deflection of responsibility from corporations is astounding, and we have learned that they remain unable to adhere to the highest standards of morality and the law unless the public spotlight is shined on their failures. The United States needs to fortify its consumer protection laws and enforcement agencies in order to protect consumers, especially for the most vulnerable population – our children.”
Congressman Krishnamoorthi also gave an opening statement in the hearing, during which he highlighted the Oversight Committee’s dedication to investigating all companies that neglect or ignore safety standards in products intended for children. The Oversight Committee will continue to demand accountability from corporations as well as careful regulation by the relevant federal agencies.
Congressman Krishnamoorthi Opening Statement: here
Congressman Krishnamoorthi Question Line: here