The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Burlington Basket Company, has announced a voluntary recall of all Burlington Basket bassinets manufactured before June 2010, which includes about 500,000 bassinets. If the cross-bracing rails are not fully locked, the bassinets can collapse causing the baby to drop to the floor or fall within the bassinet, which could cause injury.
The bassinets were sold at Walmart and other mass merchandisers, department stores and baby product stores nationwide and online by various online retailers, including Amazon.com, from January 2003 through August 2010, for about $50. Affected models have folding legs attached to the basket with white plastic pins. Units with non-folding legs attached with metal pins are not included in this recall.
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This recall does not involve returning the bassinet for a refund. Instead, consumers should stop using the bassinet immediately and check the cross-bracing support rails to make sure they are in the locked position. To properly lock the support rails, 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 this video. Consumers should also contact the 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.
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For additional information, contact Burlington Basket Company at (800) 553-2300 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit their website at www.burlingtonbasket.com.