WASHINGTON (AP) - 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
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.
The Simplicity recall is for all 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 one-year-old boy in North Attleboro, Mass., became trapped in
his Simplicity crib and suffocated in 2008, according to the
"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
Simplicity has been the subject of almost a dozen recalls since
2005 and its cribs 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 of cribs. Simplicity
and its successor company, SFCA Inc., are no longer in business, so
the agency doesn't know exactly how many cribs were sold.
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