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The Government of New Zealand has declared inclined infant sleep products as unsafe goods by publishing Unsafe Goods (Inclined Infant Sleep Products) Notice 2019.

The notice bans the import or sale of inclined infant sleepers in New Zealand beginning December 19th, 2019 and aims to mitigate the risk of infant deaths attributed to the use of inclined infant sleep products.

The ban applies to products that are designed, intended or marketed for babies to sleep in, and that have a sleep surface angled more than 7 degrees from the horizontal.

The move comes after the voluntary recall of two inclined sleepers in New Zealand earlier this year, the Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play sleeper and Kids II Rocking Sleepers. Inclined infant sleep products have been implicated in at least 73 deaths in the United States.