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Parents Urged To Stop Using Simplicity Close-Sleeper/Bedside Sleeper Bassinets

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he last week of August, The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a warning concerning all Simplicity Inc., of Reading, Pa “close-sleeper/bedside sleeper” bassinets. The company that bought Simplicity’s assets, SFCA Inc., has refused to take part in a recall. This product posing a strangulation hazard to infants. There have already been multiple deaths.

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. The Commission voted, using its new authorities in the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, to release this warning upon making a finding that the health and safety of the public require immediate notice.

To determine whether your bassinet has been recalled, please check for the model number and the manufacture date code pictured below. Bassinets manufactured prior to 21st week of 2008, “2108” (before May 18) are recalled. The model numbers for recalled bassinets manufactured prior to “2108” are:

3000 3010 3011 3012 3013 3014
3015 3016 3017 3020 3025 3026
3027 3030 3040 3045 3046 3047
3050 3060 3070 3111 3112
343-8363 343-8399
5730 5750 8383 9250 TD2500

The following retailers have voluntarily agreed to recall the product and provide a refund or store credit to consumers who return the product to the store where purchased.

    • Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Bentonville, Ark.
    • Toys “R” Us Inc., Wayne, N.J.
    • Kmart Corp., Hoffman Estates, Ill.
    • Big Lots!, Columbus, Ohio
    • Target, Minneapolis, Minnesota
    • J.C. Penney, Plano, Texas
    • AAFES, Dallas, Texas
    • Amazon.com, LLC Seattle, WA
    • Bed Bath & Beyond, Union, NJ
    • Burlington Coat Factory, Burlington, NC
    • Buy Buy Baby Garden City, NY
    • Chelsea&Scott LTD (One Step Ahead),
      Lake Bluff, IL
    • CSN Stores of Boston, MA
    • Fingerhut Direct Marketing, Eden Prairie, MN
    • Frogs and Lily Pads, St. Johnsbury, VT
    • Kohl’s Department Stores, Menomonee Falls, WI
    • ShopKo Stores, Inc., Green Bay, WI
    • Sweet Pea Décor, North Beach, MD
    • USA Baby #47, Overland Park, KS
    • USA Baby #58, Brookfield, WI
    • USA Baby #136, Berlin, CT
    • USA Baby #141, Waipahu, HI
    • USA Baby #142, Virginia Beach, VA
    • USA Baby #147, Clovis, CA
    • Value City Department Stores, Columbus, OH

SFCA Inc., the Reading, Pa.-based company that purchased the assets of juvenile product manufacturer Simplicity Inc. after foreclosure, no longer appears to be conducting day to day operations. SFCA Inc. is no longer answering phone calls or responding to e-mails from consumers.

The CPSC urges all consumers to share this safety warning with day care centers, consignment stores, family and friends to ensure that no child is placed to sleep in a Simplicity convertible bassinet covered by this warning. Parents and caregivers are advised to return these bassinets to the retail store where they were purchased. All of the recalled bassinets can pose a danger to infants.

If you or a family member is injured by a product, you need to get immediate medical care. If there is a significant affect or injury, you should contact an attorney concerning the problem. Early investigation can include the collection of product, checking recall alerts, and the proper notifying of those who caused the problem.

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  1. Daniel 8791 says:
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    What a disgusting maneuver by this company ! Pathetic! The previous owning company should assume some responsibility but probably won’t of course. Hopefully the word gets out well enough with this warning and no more babies are harmed.

  2. Mike Bryant says:
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    These things need to be found and stopped from getting on the market. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment.