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Recalled Simplicity Bassinet After Two Infants Strangled

Posted by Jane Akre
Friday, August 29, 2008 11:58 AM EST
Category: Protecting Your Family
Tags: Simplicity, Simplicity Cribs, Simplicity Bassinets, Dangerous and Defective Products, Product Liability Wrongful Death

Bassinet recalled after two strangulation deaths

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IMAGE SOURCE:  Consumer Product Safety Commission

 

Six retailers have agreed to stop selling and to recall nearly 900,000 dangerous Simplicity bassinets because of a serious safety risk.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is warning consumers and parents to stop using the convertible “close-sleeper/bedside sleeper bassinets". 

The recall follows the strangulation August 21, 2008 of a 6 ½ month old girl from Shawnee, Kansas who became entrapped between the bassinet’s metal bars. This is the second strangulation death associated with the co-sleeper bassinets.

In September 2007, a 4-month-old girl from Noel, Missouri also became entrapped in the metal bars of the bassinet and died.

You are encouraged to return the item to the store where it was purchased. The following retailers have voluntarily agreed to recall the product and provide a store credit or refund.

Unfortunately, the majority of recalled baby products remain in the marketplace in day care centers, in used furniture stores or in garage sales.

The Simplicity 3-in-1 and 4-in-1 convertible bassinets have metal bars that are covered by an adjustable fabric, attached by Velcro.

The fabric is supposed to be folded down when the bassinet is converted, but if the Velcro is not properly re-secured, an infant can slip through the opening and become entrapped in the metal bars and suffocate.

The warning does not cover bassinets produced in recent months that have the fabric permanently attached over the lower bar.

Simplicity is the same company that had to recall one million cribs last year. The CPSC initiated the recall on the eve of an expose by the Chicago Tribune about its failure to respond swiftly to reports of infant entrapments. 

See more on the recall from CPSC on their web site at www.cpsc.gov. or report  a dangerous product or a product-related injury, call CPSC's hotline at (800) 638-2772

  • Wal-Mart Stores Inc., of Bentonville, Ark. – (800) 925-6278 or www.walmart.com
  • Toys "R" Us Inc., of Wayne, N.J. - (800) 869-7787 or www.toysrus.com or www.babiesrus.com
  • Kmart Corp., of Hoffman Estates, Ill. – (800) 659-7026 or www.kmart.com
  • Big Lots!, of Columbus, Ohio – (866) 244-5687 or www.biglots.com
  • Target of Minneapolis, Minnesota sold at www.target.com only
  • J.C. Penney, of Plano, Texas – (888) 333-6063 or www.jcp.com
  • RECALLED Model Numbers

3000CL

3112DOH6

3011WHE

9250A

3016LAU

3046GTM

3010BIJ

3112DOH7

3011WHK

3012SOM

3016MIR

3046HAN

3010HAV

3122BAN

3012BIJ

5750SAR

3017NCB

3047MON

3010NGS

3122TGC

3012OXF

3012TGT

3020SFB

3050LIL

3010TGT

3010BIJC

3012SFD

3013PRO

3025BER

3050SAR

3010WHE

343-8363

3040SAR

9250B

3025C

3060GFS

3040LAU

343-8399

3040SPR

3014LOL

3026CRT

3060TFS

TD2500

3045FEL

3050SWT

3014NGS

3027MIS

8393

3040WDS

3111DPC

3060BTL

3015GFR

3030SAR

3040SPRC

3045DRM

3012LLTC

3112BDY

3070MAN

3040CLA

3040LAC

3111ZOL

3050SWTC

3045OXFC

3112DOH

5730FKB

3045DRMC

 


1 Comment

Posted by trish hurley
Sunday, August 31, 2008 8:51 PM EST

This is so sad, especially when you know that a few simply precautions could have likely prevented this. There's a great resource for parents at LINK It's the best 10 bucks you'll spend in protecting your infant from bassinet death.

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