Fisher-Price is recalling 800,000 of its Newborn Rock 'n Play Sleeper. Mold can develop between the removable seat cushion and the hard plastic frame of the sleeper when it remains wet/moist or is infrequently cleaned, posing a risk of exposure to mold to infants sleeping in the product.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) advises that mold has been associated with respiratory illnesses and other infections. Although mold is not present at the time of purchase, mold growth can occur after use of the product.
Fisher-Price has received 600 reports of mold on the product. Sixteen consumers have reported that their infants have been treated for respiratory issues, coughs and hives after sleeping in the product.
This recall includes all Fisher-Price Rock N' Play infant recliner seats called sleepers. The sleeper is designed for babies up to 25 pounds and is composed of a soft plastic seat held by a metal rocking frame. The product has a removable, fabric cover that is sold in 14 patterns and color palettes.
The recalled sleepers were sold at mass merchandise stores nationwide and online since September 2009. Units currently in retail stores are not affected.
Consumers should immediately check for mold under the removable seat cushion. Dark brown, gray or black spots can indicate the presence of mold. If mold is found, consumers should immediately stop using the product.
Consumers can contact Fisher-Price for cleaning instructions or further assistance.
For additional information, contact Fisher-Price toll-free at 800-432-5437.