Children’s toy manufacturer Fisher-Price has issued a recall of about 800,000 of its Newborn Rock ‘N Play Sleepers due to risk of exposure to mold.
According to the recall, which was published on the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s website Tuesday, the 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.”
Fisher-price has received 600 reports of mold to date, and 16 infants have been treated for respiratory issues, coughs and hives after being in the sleeper, which were made to hold babies weighing up to 25 pounds.
Per the report, the seats were sold since September 2009 for $50-$85. Those on store shelves are not affected by the recall, the CPSC noted.
Anyone who currently owns a Rock ‘n Play Sleeper should look for dark brown, grey or black spots under the seat cushion that would indicate mold growth.
If mold is found, consumers are advised to stop using the sleeper and to contact fisher-price for cleaning instructions at 800-432-5437 (Monday through Friday from 9am to 6pm ET). Consumers can also visit service.mattel.com for more information on the Rock n’ Play Sleeper recall.