Information just released this afternoon by the U.S. Consumer Safety Products Commission states that about 1 million cribs manufactured by Simplicity, Inc., and sold under the Simplicity and Graco names from January, 1998 through May, 2007, are being recalled after three children died from suffocation after being trapped in the defective cribs. Two babies, aged 6 months and 9 months, died in the recalled cribs, and the third child, 1 year old, died in a newer model not on the recall list, but currently under investigation.
In all three instances, failure to properly install the drop-rail side of the crib resulted in a gap in the crib where the children could slide into and suffocate. Seven other infants have been entrapped in the cribs, according to the CPSC, and there have been 55 reports of the cribs’ drop sides detaching or the hardware failing to hold the side to the crib.
To read the specific recall issued by the CPSC, view it HERE. There you will find specific model numbers and photo illustrations of the defective installations and corrective action to be taken.
Wondering if your child’s crib might be one of these? Go HERE to the Simplicity site, and then scroll down to the lower right for links to photos of specific models and detailed model information, including instructions for checking out your crib’s hardware.
Give yourself some peace of mind and a good night’s sleep by checking out your child’s crib before bedtime tonight.