The Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a recall involving a million cribs sold under the Simplicity and Graco names. The recalled cribs were made in China. Two babies have died in the recalled cribs and a third child died in a newer model of the crib that has not been recalled.
Seven other infants have been entrapped in the cribs, according to the CPSC. There have been 55 reports of the cribs’ drop sides detaching or the hardware failing to hold the side to the crib.
Simplicity Inc., of Reading, Pa., is listed as manufacturer of all the cribs, which were made in China. The recalled cribs were sold nationwide, under the Simplicity or Graco brands, from January 1998 through May 2007. The recall involves multiple models and model numbers.
The drop rail on the side of the crib was installed upside down in each of the fatal cases. Children can fall down into the side and suffocate. The company is offering a free repair for the recalled cribs. Earlier this year Simplicity recalled cribs that had incorrect instructions for putting the cribs together.
For more information on this subject, please refer to the section on Defective and Dangerous Products.