After learning of two additional infant deaths since its August 2008 recall, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission has re-announced the recall of the Simplicity “Close Sleeper/Bedside Sleeper Bassinets.” Overall, the CPSC is aware of four infants who have died in close-sleeper bassinets, and is urging consumers to immediately stop using the 3-in-1 and 4-in-1 bassinets.
The bassinets, including some with the Graco logo as well as others with Winnie the Pooh images, contain metal bars that are covered by an adjustable fabric flap. The flap is secured by Velcro fasteners, which are intended to be partially removed if the bassinet is converted to a bedside/close-sleeper.
If consumers fail to properly re-secure the fasteners after they adjust the fabric flap, or if they remove the flap completely, the metal bars can be exposed. An infant can slip through the opening and become trapped between a metal bar and the mattress support, causing them to suffocate or strangle.
Consumers are urged to return the bassinets to the retail store in which they were purchased. Many major retailers, including Wal-Mart, Target, JCPenney, Kmart, Toys-R-Us, have agreed to accept returns of the Simplicity bassinets and will issue a refund or store credit.
Because of the life-threatening hazard posed by Simplicity conversion bassinets to infants, we urge you to share this warning with family, friends, day care centers, and consignment shops to help ensure that no child is placed to sleep in any of the recalled bassinets. For a complete listing of the recalled bassinets, please visit the website www.cpsc.gov.