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Bassettbaby drop-side cribs with external plastic hardware

Starting date:
November 23, 2010
Posting date:
November 23, 2010
Type of communication:
Consumer Product Recall
Childrens' Products
Source of recall:
Health Canada
Product Safety
General Public (GP)
Identification number:

Affected products

Bassettbaby drop-side cribs with external plastic hardware

Product description

This recall involves Bassettbaby drop-side cribs. The recalled cribs are wood with a metal mattress support and have a drop side with external plastic hardware. The cribs were sold in a variety of finishes.

A label is attached to the footboard or headboard with the names "Bassettbaby" or "Bassett Furniture Industries, Inc." as well as the model number, production date and other information. On some older models, the manufacturer's name appears on a separate label.

The following models are affected by this recall:
Model Number Description
5960-0604 Cottage Single
5091-0604 Mission Single
5765-0504 Woodlands Single
5093-0621 Cape Cod 4 N 1
5593-0621 Cape Cod 4 N 1
5693-0621 Cape Cod 4 N 1
5893-0621 Cape Cod 4 N 1

Hazard identified

The cribs' drop-side rail can malfunction, detach or otherwise fail, causing part of the drop side to detach from the crib. If the drop-side detaches, it could create a space between the side of the crib and the mattress. Infants and toddlers could roll into this space and become entrapped, which could lead to suffocation or strangulation, or they could fall out of the crib.

In the United States, there are 18 reported incidents in which drop sides malfunctioned or detached from the crib. No injuries were reported. In one of the incidents, a child became entrapped between the mattress and the drop side. In three of the incidents, children fell out of the cribs. The company has also received 154 reports of drop-side hardware breaking during shipment, assembly or use.

In Canada, Health Canada has not received any reports of incidents or injuries related to the use of these cribs.

For more information on crib requirements in Canada, as well as the safe use of cribs, see Health Canada's Crib Safety Booklet. For more information on safe sleeping practices for infants, see Health Canada's Consumer Information - Safe Sleep Practices for Infants.

Number sold

Approximately 1,560 of the recalled cribs were sold at children's product stores and other retailers nationwide, and on-line.

Time period sold

The recalled products were sold from January 2000 through August 2010.

Place of origin

Manufactured in China and Vietnam.


Bassett Furniture Industries

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What you should do

Consumers should carefully examine the drop-side hardware for any signs of damage. If consumers determine that the drop-side hardware is broken, loose, missing, or deformed, or if there are any other reasons for concern, consumers should immediately stop using the recalled cribs and find an alternative safe sleeping environment for their baby.

Consumers should not return the crib. Bassettbaby is offering a free retrofit kit that will immobilize the drop side to affected consumers. Health Canada has not yet assessed the safety of the proposed kits.

For more information, consumers may contact Bassettbaby at 1-800-308-7485 between 10AM and 6PM ET, Monday through Friday or visit the Bassettbaby website.