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Revised recall: Simplicity Bassinets


On 2009-08-20, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published a revised recall regarding Simplicity Bassinets due to a potential strangulation and entrapment hazard. It was originally recalled on 2008-09-11.

Instance(s) of deaths, injuries have been reported. Learn more and find out what to do if you own this product below.

This was the 2nd recall of products in the Bassinets category in 2009.

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What is the problem?

The Simplicity 3-in-1 and 4-in-1 convertible bassinets, including bassinets with the Graco logo and "Winnie the Pooh" motif licensed by Disney Consumer Products, contain metal bars that are covered by an adjustable fabric flap. This fabric flap is secured by Velcro fasteners, which are intended to be partially removed when the bassinet is converted into the bedside/close-sleeper mode. If the Velcro fasteners are not properly re-secured when the fabric flap is adjusted, or if the consumer entirely removes the fabric flap exposing the metal bars, an infant can slip through the opening between the lower metal bar and the mattress support and become entrapped and suffocate or strangle. Consumers are urged to check their bassinets to ensure they are not using one of the recalled Simplicity bassinets.

Instance(s) of deaths, injuries have been reported.

How can I tell if I own this product?

Convertible "close-sleeper/bedside sleeper" bassinets manufactured by Simplicity Inc.

These items were sold new+ at Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Bentonville, Ark. / Toys "R" Us Inc., Wayne, N.J. / Kmart Corp., Hoffman Estates, Ill. / Big Lots!, Columbus, Ohio / Target, Minneapolis, Minnesota / J.C. Penney, Plano, Texas / AAFES, Dallas, Texas /, LLC Seattle, WA / Bed Bath & Beyond, Union, NJ / Burlington Coat Factory, Burlington, NC / Buy Buy Baby Garden City, NY / Chelsea&Scott LTD (One Step Ahead), Lake Bluff, IL / CSN Stores of 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 /

What should I do if I own this recalled product?

First, stop using the item.

Then, add the item to a free, private Items I Own account. This will enable you to easily access the CPSC and recalling company's remedy instructions as well as track your progress toward getting the item returned or fixed. Click "I Own THIS Item" to continue.

The CPSC provides the following remedy information:

The CPSC is urging parents and caregivers to immediately stop using convertible "close-sleeper/bedside sleeper" bassinets manufactured by Simplicity Inc., of Reading, Pa. Consumers are urged to check their bassinets to ensure they are not using one of the recalled Simplicity bassinets. Parents and caregivers are also advised to return these bassinets to the retail store where they were purchased. All of the recalled bassinets can pose a danger to infants. See full recall announcement for all recalled model numbers as well as a list of retailers providing refund.

SFCA Inc., the Reading, Pa.-based company that purchased the assets of juvenile product manufacturer Simplicity Inc. after foreclosure, no longer appears to be conducting day to day operations. SFCA Inc. is no longer answering phone calls or responding to e-mails from consumers.


Incidents & Injuries Reported as of Recall Date

CPSC has learned of two additional infant deaths since the August 2008 safety alert and recall announcements that notified consumers of two infants who had strangled in their Simplicity bassinets. To date, CPSC is aware of four infants who have died in the close-sleeper bassinets. CPSC learned that in September 2008, a two-month old female in Demorest, Georgia suffocated when she rolled into the adjustable fabric siding of the bassinet, pressing her face into a "pocket" which formed near the Velcro© fasteners. In another incident in January 2009, a six-month old female in Fort Worth, Texas appears to have been fatally entrapped in the bassinet’s bar opening created when the Velcro© fasteners were not secured. An investigation into this infant’s death is ongoing.

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