A government safety group is warning parents not to use a Pennsylvania company’s baby bassinets after babies in Kansas and Missouri were trapped and strangled in the product.


A government safety group is warning parents not to use a Pennsylvania company’s baby bassinets after babies in Kansas and Missouri were trapped and strangled in the product.

The “close-sleeper/bedside sleeper” bassinets, made by Simplicity Inc. of Reading, Pa., can allow infants to slip through the product and suffocate, said the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Simplicity Inc.’s 3-in-1 and 4-in-1 convertible bassinets contain metal bars spaced farther apart than federal standards allow.

CPSC said a 5-month-old girl from Shawnee was strangled on Aug. 21 when she became entrapped between the bassinet’s metal bars. Last September, a 4-month-old girl from Noel, Mo., became entrapped in the product’s metal bars and died.