Two babies have been strangled to death by Simplicity 3-in-1 and 4-in-1 Convertible “Close-Sleeper” models. So the CPSC is advising consumers to stop using them, and asking for help to spread the word. Six retailers have agreed to stop selling and recall the bassinets – click through to the press release for a list of the recalled model numbers.
The most disturbing thing about this advisory is that Simplicity’s assets were bought by a company called SFCA, Inc. earlier this year, and SFCA is refusing to cooperate with the CPSC, claiming it’s not responsible for Simplicity’s previously produced products. This appears to be one of those cases where increasing and preserving profits are more important than saving lives.
I urge all parents to boycott all Simplicity products. If their bottom line is all they care about, then that’s where we need to hurt them.
SFCA is owned by Blackstreet Capital Partners, a private equity firm. I can’t tell what other companies they own from their web site, but the site does conveniently list email addresses for their “Team”. In any case anyone wants to let them know how unacceptable their lack of cooperation is.