SOUTHFIELD (WWJ/AP) – 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 who use them.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) said Tuesday its warning applies to 800,000 infant recliner seats that were sold at stores nationwide and online since September 2009, with prices ranging between $50 and $85.
The seats, designed for babies up to 25 pounds, feature a soft plastic seat held in a tubular metal rocking frame. The product has a removable fabric cover that is sold in 14 patterns and color palettes.
The CPSC said mold can develop between the seat cushion and the hard plastic frame if the sleeper remains wet or is infrequently cleaned.
Fisher-Price has received 600 reports of mold and 16 infants have been treated for respiratory issues, coughs and hives after using the sleepers.
The company said infant sleepers currently in retail stores are not affected by the warning, but mold growth can occur after use of the product.
Mold is associated with respiratory illnesses and other infections, the warning said.
The CPSC said consumers should check for dark brown, gray or black spots that can indicate the presence of mold under the removable seat cushion. If mold is found, they are advised to immediately stop using the product and to contact Fisher-Price for cleaning instructions or further assistance.
For more information, call Fisher-Price at 1-800-432-5437 or visit www.service.mattel.com.
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