New Jersey Beware Sleeper Recalled Deemed Dangerous Product

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A recent recall has many parents in New Jersey and elsewhere fearful for their baby’s health. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, together with manufacturer Fisher Price, has recalled 800,000 baby sleepers. The Newborn Rock ‘n Play Sleeper has been found to be stricken with a proclivity for developing mold. So far, at least 16 parents have come forward stating that their child was affected by this allegedly dangerous product enough to warrant treatment.

The recall by Fisher Price and the CPSC was voluntary, and the CPSC is advising parents to abstain from purchasing the product. The sleepers were manufactured overseas, and are made of soft plastic and metal. Popular with new parents for the items customizability and affordable cost, the sleepers have reached households far and wide. Reports indicate that the sleepers made since Sept. 2009 are included in the recall.

The mold that is growing on the sleepers can cause respiratory problems for infants. Some parents have come forward stating that their babies developed coughs and hives after using the sleeper. There are at least 600 reports of mold growing on the purchased sleepers. Parents who own the product should be on the lookout for mold growing near the seat cushion and frame.

It is positive that Fisher Price has agreed to the recall because parents should be aware of any potentially dangerous product that their infants are exposed to. For parents whose infants have been exposed, or who have suffered respiratory problems after laying in the sleeper, seeking medical attention is typically the first course of action. For the parents who have already had to seek medical attention and treatment, they may find it beneficial to gain an understanding of their rights under New Jersey’s products liability laws.

Source:, “Almost 800,000 Fisher-Price’s Newborn Rock ‘n Play Sleepers Recalled,” Ria Patel, Jan. 10, 2013

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