Costco has issued a recall for about 48,000 Novaform mattresses after more than 500 customers reported finding mold on their products. The recall affects the Novaform ComfortGrande 14-inch and Novaform DreamAway 8-inch mattresses that were sold exclusively at Costco stores and online this year.
Mold exposure during manufacturing
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the mattresses may have been exposed to water during the manufacturing process at FXI’s San Bernardino, California plant, which could allow mold to grow. Mold can pose a health hazard to people with weakened immune systems, damaged lungs, or allergies to mold.
The CPSC said that the recall only applies to the mattresses that were made between January 2 and April 30 for the ComfortGrande model and between January 30 and April 30 for the DreamAway model. The manufacturing date and location can be found on a tag attached to the mattress. The ComfortGrande mattress has a blue base with “Novaform” printed in white letters, and the DreamAway mattress has a gray base with “Novaform” printed in white letters.
Full refund or replacement offered
Customers who own the recalled mattresses can contact FXI to receive either a full refund or a replacement. FXI will provide free shipping and disposal of the old mattress for those who choose a replacement. FXI can be reached toll-free at 888-886-2057, or on its website at novaformcomfort.com/pages/recall.
The CPSC advised consumers to stop using the recalled mattresses immediately and to inspect them for any signs of mold. If mold is found, consumers should contact FXI for further instructions.
Costco has not commented on the recall, but its website states that it is committed to providing quality products and services to its members.
Other recalls involving mold
This is not the first time that mattresses have been recalled due to mold issues. In 2011, Tempur-Pedic recalled about 22,000 mattresses after receiving 210 reports of mold. In 2010, Stork Craft recalled about 535,000 cribs and mattresses after receiving 110 reports of mold. In both cases, consumers were offered free replacements or repairs.
Mold can grow on various types of materials, especially if they are damp, warm, and dark. Mold can cause respiratory problems, skin irritation, eye irritation, and allergic reactions. Some types of mold can also produce toxins that can affect the nervous system and the immune system.
To prevent mold growth, consumers should keep their mattresses dry, clean, and well-ventilated. They should also check their mattresses regularly for any signs of mold and discard them if they are contaminated.