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Graco, Winnie-the-Pooh Bassinets Part of Simplicity Recall

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The  Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is warning parents and caregivers that last month’s Simplicity bassinet recall includes some sold under the Graco brand name, as well as others in the “Winnie-the-Pooh” motif licensed by Disney.  These bassinets have already killed two children, and the CPSC is urging anyone with a bassinet to make sure it is not included in this recall

The Simplicity Bassinet recall followed the death of a six-month old girl in Kansas last month.  Police in Shawnee, Kansas said the baby became caught in the metal bars of a 4-in-1 Bassinet. As a result, she was strangled.

Last September, the same bassinet claimed the life of a 4-month-old Missouri girl. The infant had slipped out the side of the bassinet between a lower horizontal railing and her mattress, and had become trapped in a 4-inch gap between the railing and top of the mattress. The little girl’s death was ruled an “accidental positional asphyxiation.”

Last year, Simplicity’s assets were purchased by SFCA Inc.,  an affiliate of Blackstreet Capital, a Bethesda, Maryland private-equity fund with $88 million dollars under management. Under the deal, SFCA bought the right to sell products under the Simplicity brand but did not take legal responsibility for products made under its previous owners.  So when the CPSC asked SFCA to recall the deadly bassinets, it refused.

Because of SFCA’s refusal to issue a recall, the CPSC had to approach individual retailers and request that they recall the bassinets.  The participating companies will provide a refund or store credit to consumers who return a recalled bassinet to the store where purchased. The following retailers are involved in the recall:

Wal-Mart Stores.
Toys “R” Us
Kmart Corp.
Big Lots!
Target
J.C. Penney
AAFES
Amazon.com
Bed Bath & Beyond
Burlington Coat Factory
Buy Buy Baby
Chelsea&Scott LTD (One Step Ahead)
CSN Stores of Boston, MA
Fingerhut Direct Marketing
Frogs and Lily Pad
Kohl’s Department Stores
ShopKo Stores, Inc.
Sweet Pea Déco
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

The Simplicity bassinets with the Graco logo were sold between 2001 and 2004. The Simplicity bassinets with the “Winnie the Pooh” motif were sold between 2002 and 2008. All of the bassinets included in the recall contain metal bars that 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. This warning does not cover bassinets produced in recent months that have fabric permanently attached over the lower bar.

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