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Nationwide Simplicity Bassinet Lawsuit

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On August 20, 2009 — Two Additional Infant Deaths Prompt Re-announcement of Simplicity “Close-Sleeper/Bedside Sleeper” Bassinets … Consumers urged to immediately stop using the 3-in-1 and 4-in-1 bassinets, including those with Graco logo and “Winnie the Pooh” motifs.

On August 27, 2008 the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) [1] issued an urgent nationwide warning regarding the Simplicity 3-in-1 and 4-in-1 convertible bassinets.

The warning was initiated after the CPSC received reports of two infant deaths associated with the Simplicity bassinets. Unfortunately, the company that has recently purchased all of Simplicity Inc’s assets has refused to initiate a formal recall of the bassinets.

If your child has been injured by a recalled bassinet, you should contact us immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a product liability lawsuit and we can help.

What’s the problem?

The CPSC has learned that on August 21, 2008, a 5-month-old girl from Shawnee, Kan. was strangled to death when she became entrapped between the bassinet’s metal bars. This is the second strangulation death CPSC has learned of in the close-sleeper bassinets. On September 29, 2007, a 4-month-old girl from Noel, Mo. became entrapped in the metal bars of the bassinet and died.

Again, the CPSC issued the safety alert or warning 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.

The Simplicity 3-in-1 and 4-in-1 convertible bassinets, including bassinets with the Graco logo and “Winnie the Pooh” motif licensed by Disney Consumer Products, contain metal bars that are covered by an adjustable fabric flap. This fabric flap is secured by Velcro© fasteners, which are intended to be partially removed when the bassinet is converted into the bedside/close-sleeper mode.

If the Velcro© fasteners are not properly re-secured when the fabric flap is adjusted, or if the consumer entirely removes the fabric flap exposing the metal bars, an infant can slip through the opening between the lower metal bar and the mattress support and become entrapped and suffocate or strangle. Consumers are urged to check their bassinets to ensure they are not using one of the recalled Simplicity bassinets.

Due to the serious hazard these bassinets pose to babies, the CPSC urges all Parents and caregivers to return these bassinets to the retail store where they were purchased. All of the recalled bassinets can pose a danger to infants.

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