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Cribs Recalled Due to Dangerous Risks

» Written by // April 29, 2010 // ,

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued another recall today involving more baby cribs.  The cribs, linked to dozens of reports from parents and caregivers, have been recalled after suffocation and strangulation concerns were raised.  This current recall follows several others over the last few months, involving multiple manufacturers, and is focused on cribs made by Simplicity and Graco.

The Graco recall involves drop-side cribs made for them by LaJobi.  The CPSC warned consumers to immediately stop using these cribs and to contact LaJobi ((888) 842-2215 or at their website) for a free hardware retrofit kid which will immobilize the drop side.  The CPSC and LaJobi have received nearly 100 reports from consumers, including two where the children became entrapped in the gap created by the side of the crib which raises and lowers; in both incidents the children were freed. Another six reports involving children falling from the crib after the drop-side failed, including one child who suffered a mild concussion.

The Simplicity recall encompasses ALL full-size cribs with tubular metal mattress-support frames. (although many may have been subject to earlier recalls).  At least one death, of a one-year old boy from Massachusetts, has been reported as part of the recall.  The recall is a result of the failure of the crib’s tubular metal mattress-support frame.  The frame may bend or come apart, causing part of the mattress to collapse, creating a space into which an infant or toddler can become trapped or causing both the child and the mattress to fall out of the crib.  In addition to the death in Massachusetts, the CPSC has received 13 additional reports, including one child entrapment that did not result in injury, and one child who suffered minor cuts to his head when his mattress collapsed and he fell out of the crib.

“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 almost a dozen recalls since 2005 and its cribs have been linked to 13 deaths.  Unfortunately, Simplicity is no longer in business, leaving customers and the CPSC without a source for information.

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