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.

August 28, 2008
Release #08-381


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

- Toys "R" Us Inc., of Wayne, N.J. - (800) 869-7787 or or

- Kmart Corp., of Hoffman Estates, Ill. - (800) 659-7026 or

- Big Lots!, of Columbus, Ohio - (866) 244-5687 or

- Target of Minneapolis, Minnesota sold at only

- J.C. Penney, of Plano, Texas - (888) 333-6063 or

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:


AAFES Dallas TX, 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 ?-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