Simplicity Announces Crib Drop side Recall
Simplicity Inc. has announced a crib drop side recall due to potential hazards. Certain infants have been tragically affected.
The drop-side can detach from the crib, which can create a dangerous gap and lead to entrapment and suffocation of infants. The drop-side failures result from both the hardware and crib design, which allow consumers unintentionally to install the drop-side upside down. This, in turn, can weaken the hardware and lead to the drop-side separating from the crib. When the drop-side separates or detaches, it creates a gap in which infants can become entrapped. While CPSC is aware of two separation incidents that occurred when the drop side was correctly installed, the upside down installation greatly increases the risk of failure.
CPSC is aware of three deaths in different models of Simplicity brand cribs. Additionally, CPSC is aware of seven infant entrapments and 55 incidents in these cribs.
Number of Units Recalled:
About 1 million
Approximately $100 to $300
Sold At :
Department stores and children’s product stores from January 1998 until May 2007.
The first recalled crib models were sold in January 1998 and the last of the models were sold in May 2007. The recalled Simplicity crib models include: Aspen 3 in 1, Aspen 4 in 1, Nursery in a Box, Crib N Changer Combo, Pooh 4 in 1, Chelsea, and the following cribs with the Graco logo: Aspen 3 in 1, Ultra 3 in 1, Ultra 4 in 1, Ultra 5 in 1, Trio, and Whitney. The model numbers are: 4600, 4605, 4705, 5000, 8000, 8324, 8800, 8740, 8910, 8994, 8050, 8750, 8760, and 8996.
Consumers should immediately check the crib to make sure the drop side is securely fastened and correctly installed. Consumers with affected drop side cribs will receive a drop side replacement track kit.