Montgomery, AB: Fisher-Price Inc, and Target Corp, are facing a class action lawsuit filed by a couple who allege their infant son suffered respiratory problems requiring hospitalization as a result of being exposed to mold that developed on a Fisher-Price "Newborn Rock 'N Play"infant sleeper.
Early in January, Fisher-Price and the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recalled 800,000 Newborn Rock 'n Play Sleepers because 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.
At the time of the recall Fisher-Price had received 600 reports of mold on the product. Sixteen consumers reported that their infants have been treated for respiratory issues, coughs and hives after sleeping in the product.
Lead plaintiffs in the lawsuit, entitled Jason Harris et al. v. Fisher-Price Inc. et al., Case No. 13-cv-00076, US District Court for the Northern District of Alabama, allege they were given the Fisher-Price infant recliner in July of 2012 as a present for the birth of their son. The infant has used the sleeper every day since his birth on July 27. "ubsequently [their son] was hospitalized at [a] children' hospital for two or three days when he was about 3 months old for Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) related to Bronchiolitis,"the lawsuit states.
The Harrises further allege their son has consequently suffered ear and eye infections, random vomiting and oxygen treatments.
The defective products lawsuit is brought on behalf of all persons who, since September 2009, bought or used for their infants a Newborn Rock 'N Play Sleeper and claim injury and/or damages as a result of mold that developed on the device.