August 23, 2000Fatality Prompts "Le
Cradle" Bassinet Recall
CA - (SafetyAlerts) - Kids Line Inc.
said today it is voluntarily recalling for repair about 46,000 Le Cradle bassinets.
Infants can become entrapped in an opening between the bassinet's side and mattress
platform and suffocate. Additionally, fabric can separate from the metal frame. Infants
can be injured when they scrape against or become caught in the frame.
Kids Line has received one report of a 3-month-old boy in Oakland Park, Fla. who died when
he suffocated after becoming trapped between the bassinet's side and mattress platform.
Three other infants were scraped and bruised from contact with the metal frame that became
exposed when the fabric separated from the frame.
Kids Line is offering a free in-home repair kit, designed to secure the fabric around the
bassinet to prevent entrapments and exposure to the metal frame.
The recalled bassinets were sold under the name "Le Cradle Bassinette." The
bassinet has a white metal base with wheels and a removable canopy. The oval bassinet
itself is made up of a metal wire frame and a wooden base board that rests on the metal
base. A sticker on the mattress platform gives instructions for use of the bassinet and
says, "Le Cradle, Kids Line, Los Angeles, California." A fabric-covered foam
mattress covers the wooden board. Matching fabric covers the bassinet frame, and comes in
various colors and designs.
Children's products stores nationwide sold the bassinets from January 1989 through May
2000 for between $100 and $200.
Consumers should stop using the bassinets immediately and contact Kids Line for a free
in-home repair kit. Consumers should call Kids Line toll-free at (866) LECRADL (532-7235)
Notice of this product warning was
sent via email to SafeMail
subscribers August 23, 2000.
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