Early this morning, the CPSC and Fisher-Price Inc. announced a voluntary recall of about 800,000 Newborn Rock 'n Play Sleeper™ based out of the company's East Aurora, N.Y. importer to inspect for mold. If you are in possession of a Rock 'n Play, the CPSC and Fisher-Price advise you to stop using it immediately if mold is found. Units currently in retail stores are not included in this recall.
The major concern is that mold can develop between the removeable seat cushion and the hard plastic frame of the sleeper if it is weight and/or infrequently cleaned. The CPSC advises that mold has been associated with respiratory illnesses and other infections in infants. Although mold may not be not present at the time of purchase, mold growth can occur after use of the product.
At the time of the recall, Fisher-Price received 600 reports of mold on the product, with sixteen customers reporting that they had their infants treated for respiratory issues, coughs and hives after sleeping in the product.
If you purchased the sleeper at mass merchandise stores nationwide or online since September 2009, your product is subject to recall. Sleepers sold in retail stores are not affected by this recall.
Contact the Fisher-Price for cleaning instructions and further assistance at service.mattel.com/us or by contacting the firm at (800) 432-5437.
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