Kolcraft bassinets recalled due to fall dangers

Consumer Reports News: May 09, 2012 04:38 PM

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a safety recall for certain bassinet models made by Kolcraft Enterprises Inc., of Chicago, Ill. The Kolcraft Tender Vibes and Light Vibes bassinets have locking latches which may fail and cause the bassinets to fall, possibly injuring a child inside.

The CPSC and Kolcraft have received seven reports of latches detaching from the bassinet frame. In one of those incidents, one infant received a bruised cheek when the bassinet fell from its metal frame and landed sideways on the floor with the infant inside.

Consumer Reports experts note in our buying guide to bassinets that for now, there are no federal guidelines for those pieces of infant furniture other than safety standards for such items as small parts and rough edges. So, a baby crib—which must meet federal safety standards—is the safest place for a sleepy infant say our experts. (For more information, see Crib alternatives to avoid and Safe-sleeping tips in Consumer Reports' Babies & kids section.)

This current recall involves about 46,000 Kolcraft bassinets which were sold at mass market and independent juvenile specialty stores nationwide and online from July 2008 through May 2012. The recalled Kolcraft Tender Vibes bassinets include model numbers KB021-ARC, KB022-VER and KB039-CMR1 and the Kolcraft Light Vibes bassinet recall is limited to model number KB043-BNT1. (Model numbers are printed on a label located on the side of one of the metal frame legs of Kolcraft bassinets.)

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Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled bassinets and contact Kolcraft (toll-free: 888-624-1908 website: www.kolcraft.com) to receive a repair kit and instructions for securing the latches to the metal frame.

Sources:
Bassinets Recalled by Kolcraft Due to Fall Hazard [CPSC]
Kolcraft Voluntarily Recalls Certain Models of Tender Vibes & Light Vibes Bassinet [Kolcraft Enterprises]

Paul Eng


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