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Walmart, Buy Buy Baby, Amazon, eBay to ban sales of inclined infant sleepers

Walmart Inc., Buy Buy Baby Inc., Amazon.com Inc. and eBay Inc. will stop selling inclined infant sleepers across their platforms after the products have been linked to more than 70 fatal accidents, nonprofit organization Consumer Reports wrote.

Inclined sleepers are similar to bassinets, but they allow babies to sleep at an incline of up to 30 degrees.

The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission has previously advised consumers against using inclined infant sleep products, saying it has received reports of 1,108 incidents, including 73 infant deaths, related to the items. The incidents occurred from January 2005 to June 2019.

The CPSC cited a study that found inclined sleepers with higher angles can harm infants. "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," it said.

In April, Mattel Inc.-owned Fisher-Price Inc. recalled its Rock 'n Play sleeper over reports of infant fatalities.

Walmart and Amazon confirmed to S&P Global Market Intelligence that they no longer allow sales of infant inclined sleep products in their stores. Buy Buy Baby and eBay did not immediately respond to requests for comment.