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600 Complaints Of Mold Exposure Prompt Nationwide Recall Of Baby Sleepers

Some consumers have reported their infants have been treated for respiratory issues, coughs and hives after sleeping in the product.

Information provided by The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should immediately inspect this product and stop using it if mold is found. Units currently in retail stores are not included in this recall to inspect.

Name of Product: Newborn Rock 'n Play Sleeper™

Units: About 800,000 units

Importer: Fisher-Price Inc., of East Aurora, N.Y

Hazard: 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.

Incidents/Injuries: Fisher-Price has received 600 reports of mold on the product. Sixteen consumers have reported their infants have been treated for respiratory issues, coughs and hives after sleeping in the product.

Description: 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.

Sold at: 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.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately check for mold under the removable seat cushion. Dark brown, gray or black spots can indicate the presence of mold. If mold is found, consumers should immediately stop using the product. Consumers can contact Fisher-Price for cleaning instructions or further assistance. Cleaning and care instructions can also be found at www.service.mattel.com or by contacting the firm.

Consumer Contact: Fisher-Price; at (800) 432-5437, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or online at www.service.mattel.com for more information.

Brenda January 08, 2013 at 11:17 PM
My thoughts..........For those parents who are too lazy or ignorant to keep every single item your baby sleeps in, plays on, eats and drinks out of, cribs, toys, bouncers, car seats, infant holders, EVERYTHING that comes in contact with your baby(s) they will get sick. From Mold, virus's and bacteria's. I hope Fisher Price is keeping this recall limited to just INFORMATION on how to clean the product and not reimbursing money. And also fighting any superfluous law suits. Everything made for babies are easily taken apart for cleaning and care. Take off covers wash in washing machine, add bleach or even vinegar. Use the same in a spray bottle on all toys and then either put in bathtub or with outside house to spray them all off really well. One thing in particular that I have found with my grandson is the new type sippy cups with straws that wind around go in and out, and pop up or through the lid have GOT TO BE TAKEN apart and cleaned. IF there is a area you cannot reach to clean it, toss them, they will end up growing mold there. These novelty cups(sippys) are the worse items I have seen made with those straws. Also the cups that have some kind of plastic gasket type ring to help stop it from leaking. Those have got to be taken apart and cleaned. Most of this stuff is clean with hot soapy water, dishwasher if it gets into every area. Otherwise I would be damn embarrassed to have my name on that list of complainers.
Jenna January 09, 2013 at 12:42 AM
Wow Brenda. Ease up. There's no need to judge others you don't know. I sterilize our baby's pacifiers, bottles, toys, etc. We have this sleeper and I've washed the pad every couple of weeks but never thought to disassemble it. By your judgment my son should be sick, right? If I were you, I'd be embarrassed about what a jerk you sound like. Don't shame others that maybe don't have your years or experience yet. I'm sure at some point in your life you were given support and knowledge from someone else, unless of course you were born knowing it all. I certainly hope you don't convey such a condescending tone like your post with your children or grandchildren. You should be ashamed.
Theotis January 09, 2013 at 01:29 AM
What a wack job. MADE IN CHINA. Duh.Great consumer protection. Moldy Drywall, killing our pets and obammy and his Hollyweird trolls do nothing to protect us
TSManning January 09, 2013 at 06:05 AM
Theotis - I bet you've got a big bridge you live under. Oh wait that would be the" evil Feds" who built that bridge oh and look here now you want your " evil Feds" to come in your house to tell you how to wipe your butt too. Grow up and take responsibility for your own actions instead of looking outward to blame the the same trolls you so closely resemble with your tude.
Jenny Nason January 09, 2013 at 07:53 PM
It would've been helpful if the Ad banner wasn't in the way of article
Derrick Bennett January 09, 2013 at 11:12 PM
@Theotis Most likely China is only half guilty in this case. In order for mold to grow and prosper, it requires a high humidity environment. So most likely it was exposed weather during the overseas transportation or while being stored in Fisher Price warehouse without proper humidity protection. Derrick Bennett Above & Beyond Unlimited Cleaning 110 Park Avenue Manalapan, NJ 07726 (732)490-5900 http://www.aboveandbeyonduc.com
Carl Petersen III January 09, 2013 at 11:28 PM
Reply Derrick Bennett 3:12 pm on Wednesday, January 9, 2013 "Most likely China is only half guilty in this case. In order for mold to grow and prosper, it requires a high humidity environment. So most likely it was exposed weather during the overseas transportation or while being stored in Fisher Price warehouse without proper humidity protection." . . "Although mold is not present at the time of purchase, mold growth can occur after use of the product."

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