From Our 2013 Archives
Fisher-Price Recalls Sleepers Due to Mold Risk
By Denise Mann
Reviewed by Hansa D. Bhargava, MD
Jan. 8, 2013 -- The Consumer Product Safety Commission and Fisher-Price are voluntary recalling about 800,000 Newborn Rock 'n Play Sleepers because of concerns about mold.
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Mold may develop between the removable seat cushion and the sleeper's hard plastic frame if it remains wet or isn't kept clean. The mold may cause respiratory illnesses and other infections.
So far, Fisher-Price has received 600 reports of mold on the product. Sixteen people have reported that their infant was treated for respiratory issues, coughs, and hives after sleeping in it.
This action affects all Fisher-Price Rock 'n Play infant recliner seats. The sleeper is for babies weighing up to 25 pounds and is made of a soft plastic seat held by a metal rocking frame. It has a removable, fabric cover and is sold in 14 patterns and color palettes. The sleepers were sold at all mass merchandise stores nationwide and online since September 2009 for between $50 and $85.
Mold is not on the sleeper at the time of purchase but can develop after use.
Parents and caregivers should look for mold under the removable seat cushion by looking for dark brown, gray, or black spots. If mold is found, stop using the product immediately and contact Fisher-Price for cleaning instructions or further assistance at (800) 432-5437, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday
Cleaning and care instructions can also be found at the Mattel and Fisher-Price Customer Service web page.
SOURCES: News release, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. FDA MedWatch alert.