This week, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in cooperation with Arm’s Reach Concepts announced a voluntary recall of Infant Bed-Side Sleepers. The CPSC and Arm’s Reach have received 10 reports of infants falling from the raised mattress into the bottom of the sleeper or becoming entrapped between the edge of the mattress and the side of the co-sleeper. Additionally, if the fabric liner in not used or not securely attached, a baby could fall from the mattress into the loose fabric at the bottom of the side-sleeper. While there haven’t been any injuries reported as of yet, the product does pose a risk for potential falls, entrapment or suffocation.
About 76,000 of these side sleepers are currently in circulation. This recall involves all Arm’s Reach Original and Universal styles with manufacture dates between September 1997 and December 2001 at Burlington Coat Factory, Babies R Us and other retail stores nationwide. This recall does not include newer versions of the side-sleeper. You can find the manufacture date and model number on one of the product’s legs.
Model numbers included in the recall begin with:
- Original Side-Sleepers: 8108, 8133, 8111, 8112 & 8199
- Universal Side-Sleepers: 8311
If you have one of these side-sleepers, you need to stop using it immediately. Then visit Arm’s Reach to view and download assembly instructions and to make sure that the product is properly configured. If you like, you can also contact Arm’s Reach by phone or via the Arm’s Reach website to order a set of hard-copy instructions by mail and an assembly/warning label. If your side-sleeper is totally missing the fabric liner or other components, you need to immediately contact Arm’s Reach for an alternative remedy.