January 8, 2013
Fisher Price Issues Mold Warning On Infant Sleepers
redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online
Fisher Price and federal health and safety officials are advising consumers to inspect one type of infant recliner seat manufactured by the company to ensure that the product is not growing mold, various media outlets reported Tuesday.
According to Reuters, the New York-based manufacturer has received 600 reports of mold growing on its Rock 'N Play Infant Sleepers, which have been purchased by more than 800,000 people.
Sixteen infants reportedly had to be treated for respiratory issues, coughs and hives after using the product, the news agency added. Fisher Price is advising parents to check under the sleeper´s seat cushion for mold, and to immediately discontinue use of the product if they find any.
The Associated Press (AP) said that the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued a cautionary statement about the infant recliner seats. The seats were designed for children up to 25 pounds in weight and had been sold for $50 to $85, both online and at retail shops, since September 2009.
The seats “feature a soft plastic seat held in a tubular metal rocking frame” and have “a removable fabric cover,” a report published by CBSNews.com added. The CPSC warns that mold “can develop between the removable seat cushion and the hard plastic frame if the sleeper remains wet or is infrequently cleaned.”
“The agency 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,” the website added.
Fisher Price products that are currently being sold at retail stores are not affected by the warning, according to reports. Anyone seeking additional information, or cleaning and care instructions for the products, can contact the company by phone at 1-800-432-5437, Monday through Friday from 9am to 6pm EST. Alternatively, they could visit the company's website at service.mattel.com.