House committee asks Graco and Chicco to consider recalls of 'playard' inclined sleepers

A House of Representatives committee is asking manufacturers Graco and Chicco to consider recalling their popular baby products, citing dozens of infant deaths that have been tied to inclined sleepers.

In letters shared exclusively with USA TODAY Friday, Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., chairwoman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, requests information on "the design and safety" of Chicco's Lullaby Playards and Graco’s Care Station Playard products, which include an inclined sleep component.

Playards were formerly called playpens, and sometimes referred to as portable cribs. Some include removable bassinets or sleepers.

"The recall of other inclined sleeper products and the continued sale of inclined nappers raises serious concerns about the internal and regulatory processes for introducing new products for infants and children into the market and the marketing tactics used to sell those products," Maloney wrote in the letter to Graco, calling on both companies to provide documentation about the products' safety by March 20.

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