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More than 213,000 Dorel bassinets/playpens have been recalled in Canada and the U.S. because of a suffocation risk, although no infant deaths have been reported.

More than 213,000 Dorel bassinet-playpens have been recalled in Canada and the U.S. because of a suffocation risk, although no infant deaths have been reported.

The playpen brands are Safety 1st and Eddie Bauer, manufactured in China by Dorel Juvenile Group Inc., of Columbus, Ind.

The risk involves the one-piece metal bars supporting the playpen floorboard, which can come out of the fabric sleeves and create an uneven sleeping surface, posing a risk of suffocation or positional asphyxiation, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada.

The playpens are portable and come with a bassinet attachment and a built-in changing station.

The model number is printed on a sticker on one of the support legs underneath the play yard. “Safety 1st” or “Eddie Bauer” are printed near the bottom of the fabric sides of the play yards.

Consumers are advised to stop using the playpen attachment and contact Dorel Juvenile Group for a free repair kit that includes replacement bassinet fabric, bassinet bars and installation instructions.

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