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
Related Web Resources: Pediatrics Consumer Reports