900,000 Simplicity Bassinets Recalled Over Strangulation Risk
The nationâ€™s largest retailers have agreed to stop selling nearly one million bassinets made by Simplicity after two children became trapped in the metal bars of the convertible baby beds and were killed, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
The Simplicity 3-in-1 and 4-in-1 convertible bassinets contain metal bars that are covered by fabric that is attached by Velcro and is folded down when the bassinet is used for bed-side sleeping. If the fabric is not properly repositioned once the bed is converted back to a bassinet, children may be able to fit their heads between the metal bars and become trapped.
A 6 Â½-month-old girl from Shawnee, Kan. was strangled to death on August 21, 2008 when she became entrapped between the bassinetâ€™s metal bars. Previously, on September 29, 2007, a 4-month-old girl from Noel, Mo. became entrapped in the metal bars of the bassinet and died.
The recall does not cover Simplicity bassinets produced in recent months that have fabric permanently attached over the lower bar.
The Simplicity bassinets were sold at Wal-Mart Stores, Toys â€œRâ€ Us, Kmart, Big Lots!, Target, and J.C. Penney. The stores have agreed to pull the bassinets from store shelves and offer consumers who return the recalled items full refunds.
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