SAFETY

Fisher-Price issues recall

of 'deadly' infant sleepers

Fisher-Price recalled nearly 5 million infant sleepers on Friday after more than 30 babies died in them over a 10-year period.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said anyone who bought a Fisher-Price Rock 'n Play sleeper should stop using it right away and contact Fisher-Price for a refund or voucher. The sleepers, which are used to put babies to sleep, are soft padded cradles that vibrate.

Fisher-Price and the commission said the deaths occurred after infants rolled over from their backs to their stomachs or sides while unrestrained, but did not specify how they died. In an article this week, Consumer Reports found that some of the infants died from suffocation.

A safety warning was issued last week, but the American Academy of Pediatrics urged Fisher-Price and the commission to recall the sleepers, calling them "deadly."

AMUSEMENT PARKS

Cedar Point introduces

season-long fast pass

Cedar Point in Sandusky has announced a new Fast Lane Plus Pass available for season pass-holders.

The special pass, which costs $849, is separate from the season pass; a platinum season pass (including parking and admission to the amusement park and water park) costs $218.

The Fast Lane Plus pass includes some 20 attractions, from the antique cars to the WindSeeker.

But unlike the daily regular Fast Pass that costs $65 a day, the plus pass includes Cedar Point's most popular roller coasters including the Steel Vengeance, GateKeeper, Maverick, Top Thrill Dragster and Valravn.

The season pass will be available at cedarpoint.com April 23. The park opens May 11.

LABOR

Teamsters 24 members

to discuss tentative deal

Teamsters 24 members who work for YRC Freight and Holland trucking companies are asked to attend a contract informational meeting Sunday afternoon in Akron.

The meeting was called by the Teamsters 24 executive board to discuss a tentative national agreement covering the companies with local members.

The meeting starts at 2 p.m. at Tadmor Shrine, 3000 Krebs Drive, Coventry Township.

YRC Freight has a terminal in Copley while Holland has a terminal in Green.

RETAIL

Store closings exceed

total for all of 2018

U.S. store closures this year are already exceeding the total for 2018, says a key global research and advisory firm.

Coresight Research, which tracks store openings and closings, said Friday retailers have announced 5,994 store closures and 2,641 store openings as of early April. That compares to 5,864 closures and 3,239 openings for the full year 2018.

The number of closures indicates that traditional retailers are struggling to respond to shoppers' increasing shift online even as they're working hard to reinvent their businesses.