500,000 Baby Bassinets Recalled Due To Fall Hazard

Boy, seems like this week is one for recalls! Burlington Basket Company and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission today announced a recall of approximately 500,000 Burlington Basket Bassinets after both companies received 10 reports of incidents in which the bassinets collapsed when their folding legs were not locked into place. Two of the infants have received minor injuries and bruising as a result.

If the cross-bracing rails are not fully locked into position, the bassinets can collapse causing the infant to fall to the floor or fall within the bassinet, thereby causing injuries. The recall involves all Burlington Basket bassinets that were manufactured before June 2010. The folding legs of the recalls have folding legs which are attached to the basket with white plastic pins. Bassinets with non-folding legs attached with metal pins are NOT included in the recall.

The products were manufactured in the USA and sold at various department stores, web retailers such as Amazon.com and other children’s product stores from January 2003 through August 2010 for around $50. The CPSC says:

Consumers should immediately stop using the bassinets and check the cross-bracing support rails to make sure they are in the locked position. To properly lock the support rails into place, the end tabs must be fully inserted into the holes on the leg assembly and twisted one quarter turn into the locked position, as shown in the photos below.

Consumers should contact Burlington Basket Company for a free kit with detailed instructions on proper assembly of the cross-bracing support rails and decals with assembly instructions to place on the bassinet.

A video showing proper assembly of the bassinets is available is available at http://burlingtonbasket.org/BASSINETRECALL.aspx. This recall does not involve returning the bassinet.

For more info, contact Burlington Basket Company at (800) 553-2300 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit their website.