Thousands of Cribs Recalled

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The government recalled thousands of Simplicity and Graco cribs Thursday, warning that babies could suffocate or strangle in them.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission said the Simplicity recall was linked to at least one death and involved thousands of cribs, possibly hundreds of thousands, though many had previously been recalled for other defects. The agency said about 217,000 Graco dropside cribs made by LaJobi were also being recalled.
The problem with both types of cribs stems from hardware failures.
In the case of the Graco-branded wood cribs, the side that moves up and down -- the dropside -- can break or detach, creating a dangerous gap between the crib mattress and dropped side. A baby can become trapped and suffocate or strangle. CPSC and LaJobi have received 99 complaints of dropside problems with the cribs. None involved serious injuries.
A retrofit kit will be available to consumers to prevent the dropside from moving, making all four sides of the crib stationary.
The Simplicity recall is for all of the full-sized cribs with tubular metal mattress-support frames. Those frames can bend or detach, causing the mattress to collapse and creating a space that a baby can roll into, become trapped in and suffocate.
A 1-year-old boy in North Attleboro, Mass., became trapped in his Simplicity crib and suffocated in 2008, according to the commission.
"CPSC urges all parents and caregivers to not attempt to resell any Simplicity crib to a thrift store, at a yard sale or online," said agency spokesman Scott Wolfson. "These recalled cribs have killed far too many babies and need to be kept out of homes and daycare centers."
Simplicity has been the subject of almost a dozen recalls since 2005 and its cribs and bassinets have been linked to 13 deaths.
The commission had previously recalled all Simplicity dropside cribs. With the latest recall, nearly all Simplicity cribs have now been recalled, possibly hundreds of thousands. Simplicity and its successor company, SFCA Inc., are no longer in business, so the agency doesn't know exactly how many cribs were sold.

Crib Name Model Number
Aspen 4-in-1 8755
Chelsea Deluxe 4-in-1 Convertible Sleep System 8324
Graco 4-in-1 Ultra Sleep System 4600
Graco Aspen 3-in-1 8740
Simplicity Crib and Changer Combo 8994
Simplicity Ellis Deluxe 4-in-1 Convertible Sleep System 8676
Simplicity Nursery-in-a-Box Convertible Crib 8910


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  • by Anonymous on Apr 30, 2010 at 05:04 AM
    Recalls continue to happen.Hurry up and get on market to make sales.If we'd start buying American made only, a lot of recalls could be avoided.There would be a lot more jobs for Americans and better regulations.I rather pay a high price for American made.I would rather take lower wages for making USA made.At least we care more about what we make.People in china get paid so little,so why should they care.Recalls have proved they don't.Our companies over seas are only looking at high profits and what is in it for them.That has caused many problems for Americans.No j9obs,bad products,poverty here,and the list goes on.
  • by Jason Location: Jackson on Apr 29, 2010 at 07:30 PM
    where is the info on this topic!!! which cribs? what models? what is being done about it?
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