Fisher-Price Recalls 800,000 Rock ‘N Play Infant Sleepers Due to Risk of Exposure to Mold

Time to check our gear, my friends! Huge recall in the baby world today and this recall is a weird one. Mold is being found on these Fisher-Price Infant Sleepers and many parents are asking how the mold got there? Even though it states in the recall that “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“, we have Baby Gizmo mamas reporting that their sleepers were never wet and yet when they went to check their product, mold was found. Yikes!

Just checked mine and there IS mold starting to grow on the inner surface of the plastic support  right about where her head would be. None was on the actual machine washable part.  It has to be due to humidity in our room. So crazy because ive never seen it there before. I’ve washed the bottom part twice in 9 months but the other top cushions pretty frequently. She’s never peed through in it.  I’m not dirty but I sure do feel stupid…I really wonder what it is about that material that promotes mold growth? – Cathy

I have to say that we had one of these and rarely used it, when we were done using it, I washed it and  put it in the Closet of my Twins room, We then moved and I had another Baby I took it apart to wash it and there was mold all under the cover and straps and on pieces of it that I couldn’t machine wash. – Sanantha

I have one. My baby spilled his bottle,, threw up, and occasionally wet through his diaper. No matter how often I cleaned it or how I cleaned it there was mold under that part of the seat. It’s not like I didn’t clean up after him. It didn’t dry well or fast enough and that cover is not removable. – Jenice

To be fair, there are many other parents stating that they have washed and dried their sleeper many times and never had a trace of mold. Since it is 800,000 products recalled AND after hearing from Baby Gizmo parents, we are confident that more than 600 people have found mold (only 600 reported it!), so let’s be safe than sorry and check the equipment. And if you have a friend who might have one, share the recall with them as well so that they can check theirs. In case you have this product and you don’t know how to clean it, here is a step-by-step link from Fisher-Price.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Fisher-Price, today announced a voluntary recall of approximately 800,000 Newborn Rock ‘n Play Sleepers. 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 that 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.

Fisher Price Recall

About Hollie Schultz

Baby Gizmo founder Hollie Schultz is the proud mom of three adorable kids. This certified CPS (Child Passenger Safety) Tech and baby gear expert is the host of the Baby Gizmo video reviews giving moms the inside look at baby products before they purchase them. Hollie is also the co-author of The Baby Gizmo Buying Guide. A former resident of Los Angeles, she and her family now live in Chicago. She loves the city but hates the cold!

Comments

  1. Jennifer says:

    It says “Units currently in retail stores are not affected by this recall to inspect”, but how do they know? Did they recently change the material they use to make it? I just got one for Christmas, but my baby isn’t due till April. I don’t know if I should keep it, or return it. I don’t want to have to constantly check if mold starts growing! Any ideas why I wouldn’t have to worry about it now? I guess I could call?

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