April 29, 2010

Cribs Recalled Due To Suffocation Risks

On Thursday, the government recalled thousands of Simplicity and Graco cribs, claiming that babies could suffocate in them.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission said the recall was linked to at least one death and involved thousands of cribs, possibly hundreds of thousands, although many had been recalled previously due to other defects.  The agency said that 217,000 Graco dropside cribs made by LaJobi were also part of the recall.

The problem with both the Simplicity and Graco cribs stems from hardware failures.

The Graco-branded wood cribs have a side that moves up and down which can break or detach, creating a dangerous gap between the crib mattress and dropped side.  A baby can get trapped in the crib and suffocate or strangle themselves. 

CPSC and LaJobi have had 99 complaints about the dropside problems with the cribs.  None of the complaints involved serious injuries.

The Simplicity recall involves full-sized cribs with tubular metal mattress-support frames.  Those frames detach and can cause the mattress to collapse and create a space that a baby could roll into, becoming trapped in.

According to the commission, a one-year-old boy in North Attleboro, Massachusetts became trapped in his Simplicity crib and suffocated in 2008.

"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 about a dozen recalls since 2005, and its cribs have been linked to 13 deaths.

The commission previously recalled all Simplicity dropside cribs.  The latest recall involves all of Simplicitys' cribs.  Simplicity is no longer in business so the agency is not sure exactly how many cribs were sold.


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