Fisher-Price recalls moldy Newborn Rock 'N Play Sleepers

From the company who brought you the "waxing, plucking, and shaving" doll, comes the latest trend in baby gear: moldy sleepers.

Fisher-Price -- whose parent company is Mattel -- has announced a recall of 800,000 Newborn Rock 'N Play Sleepers after consumers reported infants suffering from mold-related illnesses after using the product.

CBS New York reports Fisher-Price is aware of 600 complaints of moldy sleepers, and 16 consumers who have had to seek treatment for their infants for respiratory illness and hives.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, mold can develop between the sleeper's plastic frame and the removable seat cushion if it remains moist or is it not cleaned properly.

Mold exposure is frequently associated with a range of diseases, including pneumonia -- just ask the late Ed McMahon -- and according to the CDC, is known to cause asthma development in children who are exposed at an early age. 

Apparently Fisher-Price is not recalling the sleepers that are still on shelves, but the CPSC warns consumers that mold growth may occur after use. Anyone who has one of these sleepers at home is urged to contact Fisher-Price via their website.
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