Simplicity Bassinet Warning Reissued
Simplicity bassinets were recalled August 2008. The US Product Safety Commission is reissuing a warning because of two more deaths associated with the bassinets. The recall of the Simplicity bassinets followed the strangulation death of a 5 month old baby girl when she was caught between the bassinet’s metal bars. The recall involved convertible “close-sleeper/bedside sleeper” bassinets manufactured by Simplicity Inc.
The company is now making another announcement about the recall following two more infant deaths, bringing the total to four. Simplicity bassinets have been sold for the past nine years, up to 2008.
Two more deaths have occurred. The latest incidents associated with improper attachment of the velcro on the Simplicity bassinet occurred Sept. 2008, and another in January of this year. The first involved a 2 month old who suffocated in a pocket formed by the fabric of the bassinet. The second involved a 6 month old who became trapped between the metal bars of the bassinet where the fabric was not attached.
Two injuries have also been reported from the Simplicity bassinet - a 10-week-old and a 3-month-old heads became trapped between the bassinet's lower bar and mattress. They were released without injury.
According to the Product Safety Commission, “CPSC is issuing this safety alert because SFCA Inc., the company which purchased all of Simplicity Inc.’s assets at public auction in April 2008, has refused to cooperate with the government and recall the products. SFCA maintains that it is not responsible for products previously manufactured by Simplicity Inc”.
The CPSC is asking everyone to spread the word about the dangers of the Simplicity bassinet, which also includes 200,000 bassinets with the Graco logo or the Winnie the Pooh style. Simplicity bassinets with the fabric permanently attached are not considered dangerous.
Please report injuries associated with the Simplicity bassinet at: https://www.cpsc.gov/cgibin/incident.aspx