Tuesday, November 23, 2010
RECALL: 90,000 Bassettbaby to Repair Drop-Side Cribs Due to Entrapment, Suffocation and Fall Hazards
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Bassett Furniture Industries, today announced a voluntary recall of about 90,000 Bassettbaby drop-side cribs with external plastic hardware because the cribs' drop-side rail can malfunction, detach or otherwise fail, causing part of the drop side to detach from the crib. When a drop-side rail partially detaches, it creates a space between the drop-side and the crib mattress. An infant or toddler's body can become entrapped in the space, which can lead to strangulation and/or suffocation. A child also can fall out of the crib. Drop-side incidents also can occur due to incorrect assembly and age-related wear and tear.
The firm and CPSC are aware of 18 reported incidents in which drop-sides malfunctioned or detached from the crib. No injuries were reported. In one of the incidents a child became entrapped between the mattress and the drop-side. In three of the incidents children fell out of the cribs. The firm also has received 154 reports of drop-side hardware breaking during shipment, assembly or use.
The recalled cribs are wood with a metal mattress support and have a drop side with external plastic hardware. The cribs were sold in a variety of finishes. A label is attached to the footboard or headboard with the names "Bassettbaby" or "Bassett Furniture Industries, Inc." as well as the model number, production date and other information. On some older models the manufacturer's name appears on a separate label.
MODELS INCLUDED IN RECALL TO REPAIR
Note: This recall does not include non drop-side cribs.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled drop-side cribs and contact Bassettbaby at (800) 308-7485 between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's website at www.bassettbaby.com for a free kit that will immobilize the drop side. In the meantime, parents are urged to find an alternate, safe sleeping environment for the child, such as a bassinet, play yard or toddler bed depending on the child's age.
posted by Growing Your Baby at 11/23/2010 06:17:00 pm