NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Consumers are being warned to inspect their Fisher-Price Newborn Rock ‘N Play Sleepers after the company issued a voluntary recall due to risk of exposure to mold for infants.
The warning applies to about 800,000 units that were sold in stores nationwide and online for between $50 and $85 since September 2009.
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 moist or is infrequently cleaned, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said. Mold has been associated with respiratory illnesses and other infections.
Fisher-Price has received 600 reports of mold and 16 consumers have reported that their infants have been treated for respiratory issues, coughs and hives after using the sleeper.
The CPSC is advising consumers to check under the removable seat cushion for dark brown, gray or black spots, which indicate the presence of mold.
If mold is found, consumers should immediately stop using the product and contact Fisher-Price for cleaning instructions or further assistance.
Cleaning and care instructions can also be found at www.service.mattel.com.
For more information call Fisher-Price at (800) 432-5437 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the company’s website.
Sleepers currently in stores are not affected by the warning, but mold growth can occur after use, the CPSC warned.