Half-million bassinets recalled; could collapse

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The recalled bassinets have plastic pins attaching the legs to the bassinet and the legs fold down against the bottom. By Jennifer Thomas The recalled bassinets have plastic pins attaching the legs to the bassinet and the legs fold down against the bottom. By Jennifer Thomas

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Hundreds of thousands of baby bassinets made by Burlington Basket Co. are being recalled because of concerns that they could collapse if not assembled properly.

The recall involves about 500,000 bassinets — all made by the company before June of last year. They were sold at Wal-Mart and other mass merchandisers, department stores and juvenile product stores nationwide.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission says the bassinets can collapse if the support rails that hold the basket are not fully locked into place.

The CPSC and the company have received 10 reports of incidents in which the bassinets collapsed. Two infants received minor injuries.

The Burlington, Iowa-based company is not offering to take back the bassinets, but is instead giving consumers free repair kits to show exactly how to install the support rails.

Consumers can contact the company at 800-553-2300 or visit http://burlingtonbasket.org for more information.