|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 28, 2008
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
|Bed Bath & Beyond
|Burlington Coat Factory
|Buy Buy Baby
|Chelsea & Scott, LTD (OneStepAhead)
|Fingerhut Direct Marketing
|Frogs and Lily Pads
|Kohl’s Department Stores
|ShopKo Stores, Inc.
|Sweet Pea Décor
|USA Baby #47
|USA Baby #58
|USA Baby #136
|USA Baby #141
|USA Baby #142
|USA Baby #147
|Value City Department Stores
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).
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thousands of types of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the
nation more than $1 trillion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical or
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chemicals -– contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 40 years.
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