24,000 inclined sleepers, or bassinets, have been recalled due to a significant risk of suffocation. The products were sold by Disney and Eddie Bauer between 2014 and 2017. Those companies have decided to issue the recall as a precautionary measure only, but infants have died while sleeping in similar bassinets.
Although the bassinets were sold by two unconnected companies, they were produced by the same manufacturer. China-based Dorel Juvenile Group shipped the sleepers out to a huge number of US stores between November 2014 and February 2017. Those stores include Target and Kmart, as well as discount retailers Ross, Marshalls, and TJ Maxx.
Thankfully, no injuries have been reported while using these particular bassinets. However, that’s not the case for other, similar products. Earlier this year, Fisher-Price recalled almost 5 million inclined infant sleepers. While sleeping in this type of bassinet, more than 30 children died over the last 10 years after rolling over and suffocating.
Fisher-Price invented the inclined sleeper style of bassinet–a decision that would lead to a number of copycat products. However, critics insist that the sleepers were not properly tested for safety.
“Infant fatalities have been reported while using other inclined sleep products, after the infants rolled from their back to their stomach or side while unrestrained, or under other circumstances,” the Consumer Product Safety Commission stated in their report this week.
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a warning in April, telling parents not to use the Fisher-Price Rock ‘N Play. If infants were not secured in the motorized bassinet using the safety harness, the risk of death was far too high. At least 10 children died between 2015 and 2019 because of a failure to use the built-in restraints correctly.
There are only two products involved in this recall:
You can find the model number on the tag underneath the pad of the inclined sleeper.
The sleepers cost about $60 retail, and if you purchased one of the recalled items, you can apply to Dorel for a refund. Call 877-657-9546 or text 812-373-6673 during standard business hours. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org. Do not any of the recalled products.