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: