Consumers Urged to Inspect Product and Stop Using it if Mold is Found
Wallingford, CT - January 8, 2013– The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) today announced the recall of “Rock ‘N Play” infant sleepers due to risk of exposure to mold.
The product’s importer, Fisher-Price Inc., has received 600 reports of mold that was found between the sleeper’s cushion and frame, and is complying with a voluntary recall request from the CPSC. Units on the shelves in retail stores are not affected by the recall.
Details are posted in a release on the Commission’s website.
According to the CPSC, “Sixteen consumers have reported that their infants have been treated for respiratory issues, coughs and hives after 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.”
The recall affects 800,000 units. The Rock ‘N Play sleepers were sold at mass merchandise stores nationwide and online since September, 2009.
Consumers are urged to immediately check under the item’s cushion for gray or black spots, which could indicate the presence of mold. If any mold is found, parents are cautioned to stop using the product and contact Fisher-Price for instructions on its removal and other information.
This information is also available online at www.service.mattel.com, or by telephone at (800) 423-5437, between 9 am and 6 pm ET Monday through Friday.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Consumers can contact the agency at SaferProducts.gov, or by telephone at (800) 638-2772.