COUNTY NEWS: Crib type linked to seven-week-old death found in charity shop

Bednest crib
Bednest crib

A Bednest bedside crib, of the type that has been linked to the death of a baby last year by the West Sussex Coroner, has been found for sale in a charity shop without essential safety modifications.

The seven week old was found with her neck resting on the partially lowered crib side. The provisional cause of death stated by the coroner was asphyxia.

The full inquest is due later in the year.

Following the death of the baby, Bednest Ltd notified its known customers of the availability of a modification kit that prevents the sides from being partially lowered to remove any possibility of a risk of asphyxiation – however one crib has been found in East Grinstead without these vital changes.

The company maintain the product was not unsafe but issued the modification as a precaution, accepting that experts believe there is a small but plausible risk of death or injury.

A spokesperson from West Sussex County Council said: “While Bednest Ltd. is monitoring second hand online sales, some cribs are still finding their way onto the second-hand market in an unmodified state and potentially without proper instructions on not leaving the baby unattended with the sides folded down.

“This is a serious concern.”

West Sussex County Council’s Trading Standards urge anyone who has bought or is selling a Bednest crib to check it has had the modification and updated instructions by going to the Bednest website: www.bednest.com/FAQs
Officers are writing to all second-hand and charity shops in the county alerting them to the fact that only those cribs with the modification and current instructions can be sold.

The crib from the shop in East Grinstead has been removed from sale and is now with Trading Standards.

Residents are asked if they see any second-hand Bednest cribs either on-line or in shops to let Trading Standards know by either calling Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 040506 or online at www.westsussex.gov.uk/tsreport
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