Feds Fail to Alert Public About Graco Bassinet Recall

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Graco Children's Products said Thursday that it alerted federal authorities that bassinets sold under its name were identical to some being recalled late last month, but federal officials apparently did not alert the public.

The incident was first reported in The Chicago Tribune on Thursday.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a voluntary recall on Aug. 28 for 900,000 Simplicity brand-bassinets, because they had a dangerous design linked to the deaths of two babies.

Graco spokeswoman Stacy Becker confirmed that the company alerted the commission on that date that some Graco bassinets made until 2004 were identical to some of the models the agency identified in its safety alert. About 200,000 of the Simplicity-made bassinets recalled last month may have carried the Graco brand name under a licensing agreement it struck with Simplicity, which has since gone out of business.

However, that information does not appear to have been added to the Simplicity bassinets recall. The CPSC did not return a call seeking comment Thursday.

Graco put a safety alert on its Web site Thursday regarding the bassinets. Consumers are urged to return the bassinets to retailers where they bought them for a refund or store credit.

SFCA Inc., the company that purchased the assets of Reading, Pa.-based Simplicity Inc. earlier this year, has refused to recall the products. SFCA maintains that it is not responsible for products previously manufactured by Simplicity.