Fisher-Price's Newborn Rock ‘n Play Sleeper is being recalled after the company received hundreds of reports of mold growing between the seat cushion and frame of the infant seat, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reported Tuesday.
Fisher-Price told the CPSC it has heard from more than 600 of 800,000 consumers of the infant recliner seats about a mold problem that has resulted in at least 16 infants being treated for related medical concerns, including respiratory issues.
The East Aurora, N.Y., company advised buyers to inspect the recliner seats for dark brown, gray or black mold spots under the seat cushion.
The CPSC says the mold can develop between the removable seat cushion and the plastic frame of the sleeper when it remains wet or moist or is infrequently cleaned.
If signs of mold are found, buyers are advised to stop using the product immediately and contact Fisher-Price or visit their website for instructions.
Consumers can call Fisher-Price at (800) 432-5437 weekdays between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. EST.
The Chinese-made seats hold babies weighing up to 25 pounds. They have a variety of fabric covers for a soft plastic seat that is held by a metal rocking frame.
The seats have been sold since September 2009 for $50-$85. Those on store shelves are not affected by the voluntary recall, the CPSC said.