The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has announced the recall of approximately 97,000 Eddie Bauer rocking wood bassinets, manufactured by Indiana-based Dorel Juvenile Group, due to a suffocation hazard.
There have been 17 reported incidents involving infants, mostly younger than three months. Two of these incidents caused infants to experience breathing difficulties after rolling up against the side of the bassinet.
The hazard is the result of a defect in the bassinet’s bottom locking mechanism, which can fail to fasten properly if a spring isn’t installed. This may result in the bassinet tipping to one side, causing infants to roll to that side.
The recalled rocking wood bassinets have a dark wooden footboard and headboard and a cotton bassinet, which comes in many different patterns and colors. The words “Eddie Bauer” are on the footboard, printed on a metal plate. The bassinets have a dial at the base of the footboard that can lock or unlock the rocking feature of the bassinet. The recall includes bassinets with the following model numbers, which may be found on the wash and care label, on the surface of the mattress support board, or under the mattress:
The bassinettes were sold nationwide for around $150 at Toys ‘R’ Us, Sears, and Target stores as well as online from December 2007 through January 2011. Consumers should stop using the bassinets and contact Dorel Juvenile Group for a repair kit, free of charge. The kit includes a spring and new directions for assembly.
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