About 76,000 <"http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">Infant Bed-Side Sleepers have been recalled, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), just announced. When the fabric liner is not used or is not securely attached to the defective bed-side sleepers, infants can fall from the raised mattress into the loose fabric at the bottom of the bed-side sleeper or can become entrapped between the edge of the mattress and the side of the sleeper, posing risks of suffocation.
The recalled bed-side sleeper was manufactured in China for Arm’s Reach Concepts Inc., of Oxnard, California.
To date, CPSC and Arm’s Reach have received 10 reports of infants falling from the raised mattress into the bottom of the sleeper, or becoming entrapped between the edge of the mattress and the side of the bed-side sleeper. No injuries have been reported.
This recall involves a product called a “co-sleeper” by the manufacturer. One side of the bed-side sleepers is lower than the others to allow positioning near a bed and access to the infant for care and feeding. This recall includes all Arm’s Reach Original and Universal styles with manufacture dates between September 1997 and December 2001.
The manufacture date and model number can be found on a sticker on one of the product’s legs. Model numbers included in the recall begin with:
â€¢ Original: 8108, 8133, 8111, 8112, and 8199.
â€¢ Universal: 8311
The recalled bed-side sleeper was sold at Burlington Coat Factory, Babies R Us, and other retail stores nationwide from September 1997 through December 2001 for about $160.
The CPSC is advising consumers to immediately stop using the recalled bed-side sleepers and visit www.armsreach.com/instructions to view and download assembly instructions and to ensure that the product is properly configured. Consumers should also contact the company by telephone or via the company website to receive hard copy instructions and an assembly/warning label, by mail. Consumers who are missing the fabric liner or other components should immediately contact Arm’s Reach for an alternative remedy.
The CPSC also notes that it is illegal to resell or to attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.
Arm’s Reach can be reached, toll-free, at 1.800.954.9353 between 10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., Eastern Time, Monday through Friday, or at the firm’s website at www.armsreach.com.