The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has warned parents against using the most popular bassinets in the country after two babies were trapped and strangled to death in the product. The CPSC issued the warning after a five-month-old girl in Shawnee, Kansas, and a four-month-old in Noel, Missouri, became trapped between the product’s metal bars and died. The five-month-old died on August 21st and the four-month-old died last September.

The agency warned against the use of the “close-sleeper/bedside sleeper” 3-in-1 and 4-in-1-convertibles, made by Simplicity Inc. of Reading, Pennsylvania. It said the two bassinets contain metal bars spaced farther apart than 2 3/8 inches, the maximum distance allowed under federal crib safety standards. Federal regulations make such standards voluntary for bassinets. According to the agency, the alert was issued because SFCA Inc., the company that purchased Simplicity in April, “has refused to cooperate with the government and recall the products.”

SFCA, an affiliate of Blackstreet Capital Partners LLC, a private equity fund in Reading, maintains that it’s not responsible for products previously manufactured by Simplicity. The CPSC announcement did not identify any retailers selling the Simplicity products. Target and Babies R Us have carried the bassinets but immediately removed them after the CPSC alert. For more information, consumers can call the CPSC hotline at 800-638-2772 or visit cpsc.gov.

CPSC is aware that some bassinets in the Simplicity recall include the Graco logo and “Winnie the Pooh” motif licensed by Disney Consumer Products. Consumers are urged to check their bassinets to ensure they are not using one of the recalled Simplicity models, including those with the Graco logo or “Winnie the Pooh” motif. The Simplicity bassinets with the Graco logo were sold between 2001 and 2004. The Simplicity bassinets with the “Winnie the Pooh” motif were sold between 2002 and 2008.

Due to the serious hazard these bassinets pose to babies, CPSC urges all consumers to share this safety warning with daycare centers, consignment stores, family and friends to ensure that no child is placed to sleep in a Simplicity convertible bassinet covered by this warning.

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