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Entrapment is Key Issue Behind Simmons Kids Crib Mattress and Bassetbaby Crib Recalls

Two separate recalls yesterday highlighted the dangers of child entrapment. Along with the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, Importer Bassettbaby voluntarily recalled about 550 Wendy Bellissimo Hidden Hills Collection Cribs, model number 5446-0521, and manufacturer Simmons Kids recalled about 20,000 crib mattresses.
The Bassetbaby cribs were recalled because some of the cribs have spaces between the spindles that do not meet federal standards. This poses an entrapment danger to babies. There are no reported injuries so far, but Bassetbaby wants consumers to stop using the cribs immediately. These cribs are sold only at Babies “R” Us.

Simmons Kids recalled the crib mattresses because some of the cribs are smaller than the 27 1/4 inch standard minimum. The smaller size can create a gap between the crib side rails and the mattress, which infants could fall into or get stuck in. So far, there has been just one incident reported involving a 6-month-old infant who fell between the frame and the mattress. The baby was pulled out without injury.
The names of the models of the mattresses being recalled are:

  • Simmons Kids Slumber Time Evening Star Luxury Firm
  • Pottery Barn Kids by Simmons Kids Lullaby
  • Simmons Kids Baby Mattress 234 Coil Count
  • Simmons Kids Baby Mattress Series 400

Defective or dangerous cribs are the leading cause of nursery-related injuries and fatalities, and every year, about 10,000 babies are rushed to emergency rooms because of crib related-injuries. About 20 of these infants will die from these injuries. Causes of crib-related injuries may include entrapment, fall accidents, laceration due to side gates suddenly dropping, or cuts and bruises from small crib parts coming off.
Our defective products liability lawyers represent families in the United States whose children were injured or killed because of a defective or unsafe crib or crib accessory. You and your family are entitled to personal injury compensation for your injuries, pain and suffering, and other losses.
Bassettbaby Cribs Recalled Due to Entrapment Hazard; Sold Exclusively at Babies “R” Us,, June 5, 2008
Simmons Kids Recalls Crib Mattresses Due to Entrapment Hazard,, June 5, 2008
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