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500,000 Bassinets Recalled by Burlington Basket Company Because They Pose a Fall Hazard to Infants

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Burlington Basket Company are recalling about 500,000 bassinets over concerns that they pose a fall hazard. The recall comes following 10 reports of incidents involving the bassinets collapsing. Two babies sustained minor injuries as a result.
A fall hazard exists when the bassinet’s cross-bracing rails are not fully locked into position. This can cause the bassinets to collapse and the infant may either fall out of or within the infant bed. The CPSC is warning consumers to stop using the recalled bassinets right away. If your child was injured while in a Burlington Basket Company bassinet or because of any other defective, dangerous, or malfunctioning product, contact our child injury law firm immediately.
Recently, the hazards that furniture or other products can pose to sleeping infants and young children has once again been in the media spotlight—a sure indicator that despite the injuries and deaths that have occurred from defective cribs, strollers, bassinets, and baby monitors, some manufacturers are still not doing enough to make sure their products are safe for use.

Last week, our child products liability law firm reported on the recall of 1.7 million Summer Infant video baby monitors following two recent strangulation deaths of babies. Earlier this month, the CPSC issued a warning that “SafetyCraft” portable drop-side and full-size cribs made by Generation 2 Worldwide appear to include the same drop-side hardware found in the Generation 2 Worldwide ChildESIGNS brand drop-side cribs that were recalled a year ago following 20 drop side-linked incidents and three infant suffocation fatalities.
Should this hardware fail, the crib’s drop side might detach, which can create an opening that a baby or toddler can get stuck or entrapped in and suffocation or strangulation can occur. CPSC wants consumers to stop using these cribs right way.
According to the journal Pediatrics, almost 10,000 thousand kids a year are injured in cribs, bassinets, and playpens. The CPSC has recalled over 11 million of these products since 2007. 2/3rds of the injuries occurred in fall accidents.
Nearly 10,000 Kids a year injured in cribs, bassinets, and playpens, NPR, February 17, 2011
Recall issued for about 500,000 bassinets, KHOU, February 17, 2011
WARNING: Generation 2 Worldwide “SafetyCraft” Brand Drop-Side Cribs Pose Risks of Strangulation, Suffocation, Hardware Linked to Deaths and Injuries, CPSC, February 3, 2011
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