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Bassett Furniture to Recall 90,000 Cribs, CPSC Says

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Nov. 22 (Bloomberg) -- Bassett Furniture Industries Inc. recalled about 90,000 drop-side cribs after reports of at least 154 incidents of failed hardware, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said in a statement.

Bassett Furniture of Bassett, Virginia, sold the cribs nationwide from January 2000 through August 2010 for $200 to $500, the CPSC said. The Bassettbaby brand is sold on the Internet and by retailers such as Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Target Corp. and Babies ‘R’ Us, a part of Toys ‘R’ Us Inc., according to the company’s website.

In one of 18 incidents in which drop-side gates malfunctioned or detached, a child became entrapped between the mattress and the crib’s frame, the CPSC said. Three children fell out. None of the accidents caused injuries, the agency said.

The agency is seeking to educate parents on common risks that led to deaths and injuries involving drop-side cribs. The CPSC is collaborating with the American Academy of Pediatrics and New York-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital to distribute videos at hospitals and doctors’ offices showing risks of strangulation and entrapment.

In May, CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum said drop-side cribs are a “deadly hazard,” and said the agency has verified at least 32 deaths in the models since January 2000. New crib requirements proposed in July will ban the design.

To contact the reporter on this story: Jeff Plungis in Washington at jplungis@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Bernie Kohn at bkohn2@bloomberg.net.

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