By: AboutLawsuits | Published: May 14th, 2009
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Health Canada have announced the recall of about 76,600 Eddie Bauer Sooth & Sway Play Yards, due to a defect in the design of the “rocking bassinet” feature that could result in a potential suffocation hazard for infants.
The Eddie Bauer play yards, which were manufactured by Dorel Juvenile Group, Inc., have a design similar to the well known “Pack n Play”, featuring a changing table, bassinet and deeper playpen area, which can be compacted for travel.
The Sooth & Sway Play Yards contain a “rocking bassinet” attachment that can gently move back and forth or lock in place.
According to the recall notice, the bassinet attachment can tile when it is in the non-rocking mode secured by the straps. This can cause the bassinet to stay in a tilted position when it is in rocking mode and not return to a level sleeping surface.
At least 10 reports have been received of infants rolling to one side of the sleeping surface due to the tilt. This can cause them to become wedged in the corner or pressed against the bassinet, posing a potential suffocation or asphyxiation risk.
Of the reported problems, six of the infants were found with their faces pressed against the side or bottom of the bassinet, and at least one child was reportedly purple and out of breath by the time they were discovered.
The Eddie Bauer Sooth & Sway Play Yard recall includes all units that are part of model number 05046 and units manufactured before December 1, 2008 marked as model number 05044. The model dates and manufacturing dates are printed on a sticker on one of the support legs.
Target, Sears, Burlington Coat Factory and various internet retailers sold the recalled Eddie Bauer play yards between January 2008 and May 2009 for approximately $150.
Consumers have been urged to immediately stop using the bassinet attachment of the Eddie Bauer Sooth & Sway Play Yards.
According to information posted by the U.S. CPSC, Dorel Juvenile Group is only providing a $40 voucher toward the purchase of a new Dorel product, and does not appear to be accepting returns of the entire product at this time, as the play yard can continue to be used.
For additional information, contact Dorel Juvenile Group at (888) 233-4903 or visit their website at www.djgusa.com.