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Fisher-Price Recalls 800K Infant Sleepers over Risk of Mold Exposure

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission(WASHINGTON) -- Fisher-Price is recalling about 800,000 infant sleepers over concerns about mold buildup, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced on Tuesday.

The recall affects Newborn Rock 'n Play Sleepers sold in stores and online since September 2009.

The CPSC said Fisher-Price has received 600 reports of mold on the recliner seats and some parents have reported illnesses linked to the product.

"Sixteen consumers have reported that their infants have been treated for respiratory issues, coughs and hives after sleeping in the product," the CPSC said in a press release.

Mold can develop under the sleeper's removable seat cushion if it is left wet or not cleaned frequently, warns the CPSC.  

Consumers who own the affected product are being asked to immediately check it for any mold.  If they spot any, they should cease use of the sleepers right away and contact Fisher-Price to find out how to remove the mold properly.

The recall does not affect Newborn Rock 'n Play Sleepers currently in stores.

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Feds File Suit Against Nap Nanny Maker After Five Infant Deaths

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission(WASHINGTON) -- The Consumer Product Safety Commission is taking action against the makers of a portable baby recliner called the Nap Nanny after five infant deaths were linked to the product.

The commission filed a complaint on Wednesday to force the manufacturer, Baby Matters LLC, to pull its product off store shelves and offer full refunds to their customers.  In addition to the five deaths, the commission says there have been 70 complaints about children falling out of the Nap Nanny.

The commission says normally it can work things out with manufacturers to voluntarily recall a dangerous product, but for five months the makers of Nap Nanny have defiantly refused to pull its product or offer refunds.

"We believe it is a hazardous product and we are concerned about the safety of the children that are in there," Consumer Product Safety Commission spokesman Alex Flip told ABC News.

Baby Matters LLC describes the Nap Nanny as an infant recliner designed to increase the baby's comfort.

"We had to take action because of the number of incidences, and that is why we have filed this complaint against the company.  They would not agree to a voluntary recall," Flip said.

The Nap Nanny was invented by Philadelphia sportscaster and mother Leslie Gudel.  She came up with the idea after learning her daughter would only fall asleep in the car seat.

In a statement posted on Nap Nanny's website, Gudel said she is heartbroken for the families who have lost a child, but said the victims' parents misused her product by either not strapping the baby in or placing the device on a table or in a crib.

Some of the cases involved recliners that were placed in a crib, which the company has urged parents not to do.

"We do not believe the complaint has merit and stand behind the safety of our product when used as instructed," Gudel wrote in the statement.  "The Nap Nanny should be placed on the floor with the harness secured."

Gudel said the ongoing battle with the CPSC has cost her company so much money that it was forced to close last month.

"Another small business is gone.  Twenty-two Americans are out of work between Nap Nanny and our supplier.  This doesn't take into account the financial impact our closure has had on our other U.S. suppliers," Gudel wrote.

The first infant death was reported in 2010, which caused Nap Nanny to recall the product that same year and raise the sides of the recliner.  The manufacturer also posted warnings and made an instructional video for parents.

According to the complaint, in April 2010, a six-month old died when she suffocated while using the Generation Two Nap Nanny.  The infant was not secured in the harness and the medical examiner ruled the cause of death was positional asphyxia.

In July 2010, a four-month old died when she suffocated between a Generation Two Nap Nanny and the bumper in her crib.  This time, the infant was secured in the harness but it failed to adequately restrain her in the recliner.

Still, the maker of the Nap Nanny stands by her product and says they have gone to "great lengths to make the safest product possible."

"No infant using the Nap Nanny properly has ever suffered an injury requiring medical attention," Gudel said in the statement.

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Powerful Magnets: Small Toys Can Pack a Deadly Punch

Polka Dot/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The Consumer Product Safety Commission is sounding its first ever warning about kits containing high powered magnets, often marketed to adults as desk toys or stress reducers.  The magnets can be linked to form patterns or shapes.

“They are office toys”, said CPSC chairman Inez Tenebaum.  “They unfortunately are finding their way into the hands of children to devastating result.”

Once swallowed, the magnets can attract each other and cause damage to one's intestines.

The CPSC has reports of 21 incidents involving the magnets.  In 16 cases they were swallowed and 10 children needed surgery to remove them.  And the problem is growing: There was one incident in 2009, seven in 2010, and 13 already this year.

“Many times parents take their child to a doctor multiple times before it is even diagnosed,” said Tenebaum.  She urged parents to “keep all magnets away from children,” and if you have them in the house and suspect your child may have swallowed them, “go immediately to the physician and ask for an x-ray so you can determine whether or not these magnets have reached the intestines of your child.”

According to the CPSC, it’s not just young children who’ve ingested these strong magnets.

“Also teenagers are accidently swallowing the magnets while using them to fake a body piercing such as a tongue ring,” Tenenbaum said.

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Government Issues Warning on Use of Water Walking Balls

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a warning Thursday, urging consumers to stay away from water walking balls, a popular recreational activity that encapsules people into giant inflatable spheres and lets them tread over water.

The commission essentially called the balls a death trap, saying, "We do not know of a safe way to use this product."  They said a combination of health risks could result from the product, including suffocation, drowning and impact injuries.

The CPSC said it's aware of two incidents involving recreational activity -- one in which a child was found unresponsive after being inside the sphere for a brief time, and another in which a person suffered a fracture when the ball fell and hit the ground.

Several states have already banned or refused to provide permits for the water walking balls, and now the commission is pushing for a nationwide ban.

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Study: 26 Babies Injured Daily in Cribs, Bassinets, Playpens

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(COLUMBUS, Ohio) -- Every day, an average of 26 children under the age of two are injured in cribs, bassinets and playpens, according to a new study published in the journal Pediatrics.

Researchers at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Ohio reviewed data from National Electronic Injury Surveillance System on children younger than two years of age who were treated in emergency rooms in the U.S. from 1990 through 2008 for injuries associated with cribs, playpens and bassinets.  After looking over the data, they estimated there were over 180,000 such injuries during that time period, 83.2 percent of which were crib-related.

The authors of the study also determined that the majority of the injuries -- about 66 percent -- were caused by falls from the cribs, bassinets or playpens.

Since 2007, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has recalled more than nine million cribs.  On Thursday, Congress will hold a hearing with the CPSC to assess whether some of the protections on certain products, including cribs, should be rolled back.

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