The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recently announced a voluntary recall of approximately 76,000 Arm’s Reach Infant Bed-side sleepers; if not installed properly, the co-sleepers pose entrapment, suffocation and fall risks.
Bed-side sleepers have one side lower than the others. The lower side is designed to be placed near the bed to provide easier access for care and feeding. A release posted on Arm’s reach’s website states that when “the fabric liner is not used or is not securely attached, infants can fall from the raised mattress into the loose fabric at the bottom of the bed-side sleeper or can become entrapped between the edge of the mattress and the side of the sleeper, posing risks of suffocation.”
The recall affects all Arm’s Reach Original and Universal styles with manufacturer dates between September 1997 and December, 2011. The model numbers are 8108, 8133, 8111, 8112 and 8199 for the Originals version, and 8311 for the Universal version. Owners may find the manufacture date and model number on a sticker placed on one of the co-sleeper’s legs. The bed-side sleepers were sold at Burlington Coat Factory, Babies R Us and other nationwide retail stores from September 1997 through December 2001.
Owners should stop using the recalled co-sleepers and visit http://www.armsreach.com/instructions to view and download assembly instructions, and should also contact the company by phone or via the company website to receive hard-copy instructions by mail and an assembly/warning label.