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CPSC Recalls Simplicity, Graco Cribs Due to Hardware Failure


The Consumer Product Safety Commission has recalled thousands of infant cribs Thursday, due to hardware failures that could cause babies to suffocate or strangle. One brand, Simplicity, is linked to at least one death.

The Simplicity recall is for all full-sized cribs with tubular metal mattress support frames. This includes both fixed-side and drop-side cribs. The frame can bend or detach, causing the mattress to collapse. This creates a space that a baby can roll into, become trapped and suffocate. A one-year-old boy in North Attleboro, MA became trapped in 2008 and died.

Recent Simplicity Crib Recalls

* Simplicity Announces Crib Drop side Recall
* 2008: Simplicity Announces Nursery-In-A-Box Cribs Recall
* 2009: Quality Failure Prompts Huge Stork Craft Baby Crib Recall

Simplicity has been the subject of almost a dozen recalls since 2005 and linked to 13 deaths. Today, nearly all of the Simplicity cribs have been officially recalled and the company is no longer in business.

The recalled cribs were sold at WalMart, Target, Babies R Us and other stores nationwide for $150 to $300. Consumers should contact the store where the crib was purchased to receive a refund, replacement crib, or store credit. Model numbers for the latest recall include:

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

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The model numbers may be followed by letters that indicate the color or finish of the crib. The name “Simplicity Inc” or “Simplicity for Children” also appears on a label on the mattress support frame or on the end panels.

The CPSC urges parents and caregivers not to attempt to fix the cribs or to resell any Simplicity crib in yard sales, consignment shops, thrift stores, or online, said spokesman Scott Wolfson. “These recalled cribs have killed far too many babies and need to be kept out of homes and day care centers.”

About 217,000 wooden Graco drop-side cribs made by LaJobi of Cranbury NJ are also being recalled. The cribs are full sized in cherry, espresso, natural, and white finishes. The production date, item number, purchase order number, and finish name is printed on a label affixed to the footboard or headboard. They were sold at retailers between February 2007 and March 2010 for $140 to $200.

In a drop-side crib, the side can break or detach, causing a dangerous gap between the crib mattress and the dropped side. Babies or toddlers can become wedged or entrapped in this space, posing a suffocation and strangulation risk. The baby may also fall out of the crib if the side fails to lock. CPSC and LaJobi have received 99 complaints related to the cribs, but only one was serious – a child who fell from the crib suffered a mild concussion.

Consumers should stop using the recalled Graco crib and contact LaJobi for a free hardware retrofit kit that will immobilize the drop side. For more information, call the company toll free at 888-842-2215 or visit www.LaJobi.com.

Children’s products are constantly monitored by agencies such as the CPSC. For parents purchasing items second-hand, it can be difficult to know if the product has been recalled or is in need of additional parts for safety. For more information on crib safety, visit the CPSC’s Crib Information Center.

Following are some of the latest recalls of children’s products in the US:

Evenflo Wooden Safety Gate Recall
Graco Harmony High Chair
Infantino Baby Slings
Dorel Asia Cribs
Infant Car Carriers
DropDown Cribs
Jardine Cribs
Simplicity Bassinets
Stork Craft Baby Crib