August 27, 2008: The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (”CPSC”) is urging consumers to discontinue use of Simplicity 3-in-1 and 4-in-1 Convertible “Close-Sleeper” Bassinets. At least two infant deaths due to strangulation have been reported. CPSC urges consumers to spread news of this safety alert because the company (SFCA Inc.) that owns Simplicity has refused to cooperate with the government and recall the bassinets.
According to CPSC, “The Simplicity 3-in-1 and 4-in-1 convertible bassinets contain metal bars spaced farther apart than 2 3/8 inches, which is the maximum distance allowed under the federal crib safety standard. The metal bars 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. This warning does not cover bassinets produced in recent months that have fabric permanently attached over the lower bar.”
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