Six Retailers Agree To Stop Sale and Recall Simplicity Bassinets Due To Strangulation Hazard

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Originally issued August 28, 2008, Last Revised April 7, 2009
Release #08-381

CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

Note: Simplicity appears to no longer conduct day to day operations.

This recall has been updated to include additional retailers and information on identifying recalled
products. There is also a subsequent press release on this recall with additional information.

Six Retailers Agree To Stop Sale and Recall Simplicity Bassinets Due To Strangulation Hazard


WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is urging retailers across the country to protect the health and safety of babies by stopping sale and recalling nearly 900,000 dangerous Simplicity bassinets. On August 27, 2008 CPSC warned parents, caregivers and consumers to immediately stop using convertible “close-sleeper/bedside sleeper” bassinets manufactured by Simplicity Inc., of Reading, Pa., due to a serious safety risk. On August 28, 2008 CPSC is announced that the following retailers have voluntarily agreed to recall the product and provide a refund or store credit to consumers who return the product to the store where purchased:

- 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

These additional retailers have subsequently agreed voluntarily to recall the product and provide a refund or store credit to consumers who return the product to the store where purchased:

 

STORE CITY STATE
AAFES Dallas TX
Amazon.com, LLC Seattle WA
Bed Bath & Beyond Union NJ
Burlington Coat Factory Burlington NC
Buy Buy Baby Garden City NY
Chelsea & Scott, LTD (OneStepAhead) Lake Bluff IL
CSN Stores Boston MA
Fingerhut Direct Marketing Eden Prairie MN
Frogs and Lily Pads St. Johnsbury VT
Kohl’s Department Stores Menomonee Falls WI
ShopKo Stores, Inc. Green Bay WI
Sweet Pea Décor North Beach MD
USA Baby #47 Overland Park KS
USA Baby #58 Brookfield WI
USA Baby #136 Berlin CT
USA Baby #141 Waipahu HI
USA Baby #142 Virginia Beach VA
USA Baby #147 Clovis CA
Value City Department Stores Columbus OH

 

CPSC learned that on August 21, 2008, a 6 ½-month-old girl from Shawnee, Kan. was strangled to death when she became entrapped between the bassinet’s metal bars. This is the second strangulation death CPSC has learned of in the co-sleeper bassinets. On September 29, 2007, a 4-month-old girl from Noel, Mo. became entrapped in the metal bars of the bassinet and died.

The Simplicity 3-in-1 and 4-in-1 convertible bassinets contain metal bars that are covered by an adjustable fabric flap which is attached by velcro. The fabric is folded down when the bassinet is converted into a bed-side co-sleeping position. If the velcro is not properly re-secured when the flap is adjusted, an infant can slip through the opening and become entrapped in the metal bars and suffocate.

Due to the serious hazard these bassinets pose to babies, CPSC urges all consumers to share this safety warning with day care centers, consignment stores, family and friends to ensure that no child is placed to sleep in a Simplicity convertible bassinet covered by this warning.

Recalled models have removable fabric that is fastened by Velcro over the bars (see top picture). Models that have been modified or redesigned so that the fabric is permanently attached and stitched over the lower bar creating a barrier are not included in this recall (see bottom picture).



Picture of Recalled Simplicity Bassinet
Recalled Model



Picture of Modified Simplicity Bassinet