West Sussex Trading Standards and Sussex Police branded the cot, which had been endorsed by the National Childbirth Trust, “unsafe and dangerous” when the side was half down, the inquest heard.
Bednest has since modified the design to stop the sides from being kept in that position. Instructions have now been put on its website and warning labels placed on the cot.
A tragedy indeed, but the company’s taken swift action, and is to be congratu…
Oh. Hang on.
Ms Schofield added: “I do not want to create panic amongst consumers but it’s clear to me infants under six months should not be left in any crib where the side has been partially lowered and death in these circumstances could occur in a matter of seconds. It would be irrelevant whether a baby was being supervised or not.”
Ms Schofield said the existing industry standards concerning bedside cots were not “fit for purpose” and she would be writing to the secretary of state for business, energy and industrial strategy to notify them of her concerns as well as notifying the European Committee for Standardisation.
So, the company presumably adhered to the existing standards at the time.
The Roseman family was given the cot second hand by a family member without instructions. They fear the cot is still on the market second hand and Bednest had been unable to contact the owners of 3,300 of them in order to issue a modification to the crib.
So getting some publicity out would be a good idea. All’s well that ends well, and all that.
Grace’s father Gideon Roseman said: “I do not think anyone should be buying any products from a company as despicable as Bednest.”
Wait, what? They complied with regulations at the time, they have put labels on (before the standards are ratified), they’ve put it all over their website. What more can they possibly do?
What makes them ‘despicable’ for failing to see a hitherto-unrealised danger? After all, you too failed to foresee it.
But no, they are ‘a company’, and we’ve all been told that they are the root of all evil. And clearly, some have taken that on board.