After Fisher-Price received 600 reports of mold, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Fisher-Price, announced a voluntary recall of all 800,000 units of the company’s Newborn Rock ‘n Play Sleeper.
Sixteen consumers have reported that their infants have been treated for respiratory issues, coughs and hives after sleeping in the 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.
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 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.
The product, manufactured in China, was sold in mass merchandise stores nationwide and online since September 2009 for between $50 and $85. Units currently in retail stores are not affected by this recall to inspect. Only products that show signs of mold after use by consumers are included in this announcement. Consumers should immediately inspect this product and stop using it if mold is found.