WASHINGTON, D.C. (WTVA) -- The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Fisher-Price, has announced a voluntary recall.
Consumers should immediately inspect the Newborn Rock 'n Play Sleeper and stop using it if mold is found.
Units currently in retail stores are not included in this recall to inspect.
There are about 800,000 units affected by the recall.
According to the CPSC, 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.
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.
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.
The sleepers were sold at mass merchandise stores nationwide and online since September 2009 for between $50 and $85.
Only products that show signs of mold after use by consumers are included in this announcement.
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 at (800) 432-5437, from 9a.m. to 6p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or online at www.service.mattel.com
for more information.