Warning: Simplicity Bassinett

I have this bassinet. I read the instructions and the warnings, and you’re suppose to take the bar out if you use it as a co-sleeper. But the overlapping fabric is Velcroed so it is easy to come off.
Two babies have died this way, one locally and one over a year ago (they did not make any recalls at that point, even after CPSC was notified).
Because they are bassinets, they aren’t as heavily regulated as cribs. Also to add to the confusion Simplicity was taken over by SFCA this spring, and they have stated they are not legally responsible since they were not the manufacturers (they have since produced a product where the fabric is “permanently” attached).
What kills me is some people are actually blaming the Shawnee mother. I mean, this already happened a year ago and while Simplicity recalled cribs (which is what put them out of business), they never recalled the bassinet the death actually occurred in.
I get that every parent is responsible for their child and their safety. But when it comes to purchasing a product for your child (ours was a gift) you expect quality and trust in the brand you buy. I researched this product before putting it on the wish list and it got great reviews. I am pretty outraged by the criticism this woman is getting after losing her baby. I’m sure she feels an amount of pain that is indescribable and (fortunately) not comprehendable by many people. I’m sure that with that pain, comes guilt, regardless if she was at fault or not.
The first baby that passed was also in very capable, non-negligent hands. Nothing was done about the product, so it’s happened again, therefore it’s a bigger story. I just think that before people judge, they should take into consideration this woman’s loss. That’s enough punishment within itself.
Please, share your thoughts. But be tasteful about it. And if you have this bassinett, please stop using it (I use mine as a changing table, so LJ is never unattended in it-I shudder to think of what could have happened).
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