Simplicity Bassinets have been implicated in the death of two children, which has resulted in the removal of over 900,000 products. The Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that six retailers, including Wal-Mart and Toys R Us, have agreed to stop selling the Simplicity 3-in-1 and 4-in-1 close sleeper models of bassinets. The announcements have come one day after the CPSC issued a warning regarding these products.
These bassinets are a death trap. With metal bars that are placed farther apart than 2 3/8 inches (the maximum according to industry standards), the cribs pose a very real strangulation hazard. If you have one of these products in your home, you should immediately return it to the store you purchased it from.
A six-month old girl in Kansas died last Thursday after being trapped between the horizontal railing of her bassinet and mattress. Her death was ruled an “accidental positional asphyxiation”.
The CPSC has requested that retailers stop selling the bassinets, but the company who know owns Simplicity Inc. has refused to cooperate and recall the products. The company, SFCA Inc, says that it is not responsible for the products manufactured before they purchased the company.