Three babies deaths attributed to Simplicity bassinets

West Palm Beach, Florida ( – News Report) – Although new parents often experience many fears for their newborn, when they lay them down to sleep, they should rest assured that the infant will be safe. The Johns, Millwood and Brotherton families did not experience this security, for each of their babies were found dead due too strangulation from the bars of the crib. Additionally, there have been seven infant entrapments and 55 incidents in these cribs.

Therefore, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is urging parents and caregivers to stop using 3-in-1 and 4-in-1 convertible “close-sleeper/bedside sleeper” bassinets, made by Simplicity Inc. of Reading, Pennsylvania. The first recalled crib models were sold in January 1998 and the last of the models were sold in May 2007. The recalled Simplicity crib models include: Aspen 3 in 1, Aspen 4 in 1, Nursery in a Box, Crib N Changer Combo, Pooh 4 in 1, Chelsea, and the following cribs with the Graco logo: Aspen 3 in 1, Ultra 3 in 1, Ultra 4 in 1, Ultra 5 in 1, Trio, and Whitney. The model numbers are: 4600, 4605, 4705, 5000, 8000, 8324, 8800, 8740, 8910, 8994, 8050, 8750, 8760, and 8996. Around 1 million units were sold in large department stores and children’s product stores from January 1998 until May 2007. According to the CPSC, the drop-side can detach from the crib, which can create a dangerous gap and lead to entrapment and suffocation of infants. The drop-side failures result from both the hardware and crib design, which allow consumers unintentionally to install the drop-side upside down.

The bassinets mentioned in the alert were made and distributed by Simplicity, Inc., not SFCA. All bassinets produced and sold by SFCA have fabric that permanently attaches over the lower bar and “are safe and can continue to be used,” states the SFCA, adding that it has “no legal liability for any products distributed previously by Simplicity.” SFCA states that all of their manufactured bassinets are safe and can continue to be used. Consumers should immediately check the crib to make sure the drop side is securely fastened and correctly installed. Consumers with affected drop side cribs can contact SFCA to receive a drop side replacement track kit.

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