On April 5, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced a recall of approximately 76,000 Infant Bed-Side Sleepers manufactured by Arm’s Reach Concepts, Inc. due to dangers of entrapment, suffocation, and falls.
The danger exists when the fabric liner of the sleeper is not securely attached or not used at all. When this occurs, a baby can fall from the raised mattress into the loose fabric at the bottom of the sleeper or may become trapped among the mattress edge and the sleeper’s side, which poses a great risk of suffocation. At the time the recall was announced, Arm’s Reach and the CPSC had received 10 reports of babies falling into the bottom of the sleeper from the raised mattress or getting trapped between the mattress edge and the side of the sleeper. No injuries have yet been reported, but the CPSC is still interested in receiving notification of any incidents resulting from the defective child’s product, and encourages consumers to notify them through http://www.SaferProducts.gov.
This recall involves what the manufacturer calls a “co-sleeper.” One of the sides of the sleeper is lower than the other sides to permit the sleeper to be positioned close to a bed for easy parent access. The recall includes sleepers from both Original and Universal styles that were manufactured in China between September of 1997 and December of 2001. They were sold at major retail stores nationwide, including Babies R Us and the Burlington Coat Factory, for around $160. The model numbers included in this recall start with:
- Originals: 8108, 8133, 8111, 8112, and 8199
- Universal: 8311
The sleeper’s model number and manufacture date are located on a sticker that is on one of the sleeper’s legs.
The CPSC advises parents and caregivers to immediately stop using the defective sleepers and visit http://www.armsreach.com/instructions to download instructions for proper assembly and to ensure that their sleeper is configured properly. Consumers whose sleepers do not have the fabric liner or other parts can contact the manufacturer for an alternative remedy by calling 800-954-9353.
When a parent places their child in an infant sleeper or another type of crib, they trust that a manufacturer has created a product that will not endanger their child. Unfortunately, oftentimes a business overlooks certain precautions, and as a result, defective products find themselves on the market, posing a danger to consumers. If your child has suffered an injury due to a defective crib or other child product, contact the Philadelphia defective crib lawyers at Anapol Weiss. Call 866-735-2792 to learn how we can help you today.