Fisher Price has issued a recall to inspect on its Newborn Rock ‘n’ Play Sleeper product because it may be exposing consumers to high levels of mold.
According to a recall statement issued in conjunction with the Consumer Product Safety Commission this week, the action includes about 800,000 of these products that were sold at mass merchandise stores nationwide and online since September 2009. They sold for between $50 and $85.
The recall was deemed necessary when it was realized that mold can develop between the removable seat cushion and the hard plastic frame of the sleeper when it remains wet/moist or in 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 recall to inspect is an advisory issued for consumers to check the status of their product and make them aware of a potential danger it poses. Products that have no visible mold growth, specifically those still on store shelves, are not included in the recall.
Fisher-Price has been made aware of at least 600 reports from consumers of mold growing on the Newborn Rock ‘n’ Play Sleeper products. Sixteen consumers say they have been forced to get medical treatment for their newborn after they developed respiratory problems and hives or a rash after being exposed to the mold on the product.
The following is the full product description as provided in the recall statement. Units currently in stores are not affected by the recall. Consumers should check immediately for signs of mold growth where it is most likely to form. Dark spots are obvious signs of mold growth: “This recall to inspect 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.”