Mold Exposure Risk Leads Fisher-Price to Recall 800,000 Infant Seats

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a warning on January 8, notifying consumers about a nationwide recall of 800,000 Fisher-Price baby seats due to the risk of mold exposure. Fisher-Price, a unit of Mattel Inc., reportedly received 600 reports of mold present on its Newborn Rock ‘N Play Infant Sleepers, and sixteen consumers reported infants being treated for hives, respiratory issues and coughs after sleeping in the products. If your child has used a Fisher-Price Rock N’ Play baby seat and has since experienced an adverse health reaction you think might be linked to mold exposure, contact our reputable attorneys at Atkins & Markoff immediately to discuss your legal options.


According to the CPSC report, the recalled Rock N’ Play infant sleepers are designed for babies weighing up to 25 pounds. The products are composed of a soft plastic seat held by a metal rocking frame, and includes a removable fabric cover. The New York-based Fisher-Price company has warned consumers that mold can develop between the removable seat cushion and the plastic frame of the baby seat if it remains wet or moist, or if it is infrequently cleaned, posing a serious risk of mold exposure for babies sleeping in the recliners. The CPSC indicates that mold has been associated with respiratory illnesses and other infections, and notes that even if mold isn’t present at the time of purchase, mold growth can occur after use of the product.


The baby seat recall to inspect includes all Fisher-Price Rock ‘N Play infant recliner seats, manufactured in China. The products have been sold online and in retail stores nationwide for between $50 and $85, since September 2009. The CPSC alert indicates that units currently in retail stores are not included in the recall; only baby seats that show signs of mold after use by consumers. If consumers do find that their infant sleepers contain mold, which could present as dark brown, gray or black spots, they should immediately stop using the product, the CPSC warns. For cleaning instructions or further assistance, consumers can contact Fisher-Price directly. If your child has developed a medical condition that you believe to be associated with the recalled baby seats, consult our experienced lawyers at Atkins & Markoff today.