Rocker Bassinets Recalled Over Infant Strangulation, Suffocation, Fall Hazards

Rocker bassinets bearing the brand "5in1" have been recalled due danger to infants, including of fall or suffocation.
Rocker Bassinets Recalled Over Infant Strangulation, Suffocation, Fall Hazards
An undated photo of the 5in1 Rocker Bassinet that has been recalled because of suffocation, strangulation, and fall risks to infants. (CPSC)
Tom Ozimek

A federal consumer safety watchdog has warned parents that they should stop using 5in1-brand rocker bassinets because the product poses a danger to infants.

Consumers should "immediately" stop using the 5in1 Rocker Bassinet because of "suffocation, strangulation, and fall hazards to infants," the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) stated in a Sept. 28 notice.

The affected bassinets were sold in green and gray color schemes and advertised and are listed as a "5in1 Rocker Bassinet" on the packaging. The markings “Ya.Ya.Ya, 5IN1UPC Code 09331849600139, 01 Rock Sleeper, 02 Dream Centre, 03 Cozy Seat, 04 Travel Bassinet, 05 Rock & Play, Made in China, and Age 1-36 months” also appear on the packaging, the recall notice states.

The importer—Rev Grace Import Inc., of Pleasant Hill, Missouri—isn't cooperating in the recall and isn't offering a remedy to parents who bought the product, according to the CPSC.

The products fail to meet federal infant sleep products rules and omit critical consumer information, such as labeling and instructions, according to the watchdog.

"CPSC urges customers to immediately stop using the bassinets, disassemble them, and dispose of them," the agency states in the recall notice.

The 5in1 rocker bassinets were sold online, including on Walmart's website, according to the watchdog.

The Epoch Times has been unable to reach Rev Grace Import Inc. for comment.

Missouri court filings show that the company was dissolved in October 2022 for failing to file a proper registration report.

A woman living at the Pleasant Hill address at which Rev Grace Import Inc. was once registered told Fox 4 that someone mistakenly or fraudulently used her address to get the license.

“I don’t want to be associated with them in any way, shape, or form,” homeowner Pamela Wardlow told the outlet.

She said that she has received multiple pieces of mail addressed to the business, which she said she has nothing to do with.

“It’s frustrating because in my mind it’s somebody using my personal address for something that’s probably not legit,” Ms. Wardlow said.

The consumer watchdog also reminded parents that they should follow safe sleep practices for infants. Infants should sleep on firm, flat surfaces in a crib, bassinet, or play yard without blankets, padded crib bumpers, or stuffed animals, according to the CPSC.

In its recommendations on how to reduce infant deaths, the American Academy of Pediatrics says that parents shouldn't sleep in the same bed as infants.

The CPSC has issued a variety of recalls in recent times for products that pose a danger to infants.

In January, Fisher-Price recalled nearly 4.7 million units of Rock 'n Play sleepers following reports of at least eight infant deaths.

The watchdog also recalled a Zipadee bed frame with spindles set far enough apart as to allow a child's torso but not his or her head to pass through the rail opening, thus "posing entrapment and strangulation hazards that could result in death."
The watchdog recommends that there be no more than 2 3/8 inches—roughly the width of a soda can—between crib slats so that the baby’s body doesn't fit through them.

Recalled Baby Products Still on Facebook Marketplace

Despite a number of high-profile recalls, baby products with design flaws linked to more than 100 infant deaths are still sold on Facebook Marketplace, a bipartisan group of four members of Congress said recently.

The products in question include the Boppy Newborn Lounger pillow, which was recalled in 2021, and Fisher-Price's Rock 'n Play sleeper, which has been blamed for a number of baby deaths.

In an Aug. 17 letter sent to Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg, the lawmakers wrote that the CPSC had made repeated requests to have Boppy Newborn Lounger taken down from Facebook Marketplace, but the product is still available on the platform.

"CPSC has formally requested an average of about 1,000 take-down requests a month for this product," reads the letter, signed by Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.), who chairs the House Energy and Commerce Committee; Frank Pallone (D-N.J.), the committee's ranking Democrat member; Gus Bilirakis (R-Fla.); and Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.).

"To date, the volume of takedown requests has not slowed, and CPSC staff is unaware of any proactive measures Meta has taken to prevent these postings in the future," they note in the letter.

The lawmakers further warned that Facebook-parent Meta is putting its users and their children at risk of purchasing and using a product that federal regulators found to pose a serious risk of injury and potential death.

Meta's policy states that listings on Facebook Marketplace can't promote or sell recalled products. It also encourages users to check current recalls before purchasing items. In a previous response to the CPSC, the company said posts that feature recalled products are removed when identified.
"Like other platforms where people can buy and sell goods, there are instances of people knowingly or unknowingly selling recalled goods on Marketplace," a Meta statement reads. "We take this issue seriously, and when we find listings that violate our rules, we remove them."
Bill Pan contributed to this report.