Simplicity Baby Crib Recall Lawyers
Personal Injury Lawyers - Representing People Nationwide
On September 21, 2007, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Simplicity Inc., a supplier of children's products to large retailers such as Wal-Mart, announced a voluntary recall of about one million baby cribs made in China. The cribs' drop-side can detach from the crib and create a gap that increases the risk of suffocation to infants.
At least three infants are known to have died of suffocation after becoming entrapped in their cribs. And, according to the CPSC, seven other infants have been entrapped in the cribs. There have also been more than 50 reports of the cribs' drop-sides detaching.
The problem with the cribs is due to a faulty design that can lead to consumers to accidentally install the drop-sides upside-down. This leads to a weakening of the hardware and eventual detachment of the drop-side from the crib. The infant can then fall into the resulting gap, and get stuck.
The recalled cribs were sold in children's stores, department stores, and mass merchandisers nationwide from January 1998 through May 2007 and carry both Simplicity and Graco logos. The recalled Simplicity brand crib models include:
- Aspen 3 in 1
- Aspen 4 in 1
- Crib N Changer Combo
- Chelsea and Pooh 4 in 1
The recalled Graco brand crib models include:
- Aspen 3 in 1
- Ultra 3 in 1
- Ultra 4 in 1
- Ultra 5 in 1
The model numbers, which are on a label attached to the headboard, and on an envelope attached to the mattress support, include the following: 4600, 4605, 4705, 5000, 8000, 8324, 8800, 8740, 8910, 8994, 8050, 8750, 8760, and 8996.
The recalled cribs contain hardware with a flexible tab at the bottom of the lower tracks. If you have a crib with any of these model numbers, Simplicity will make any necessary repairs free of charge if you contact them at 888-593-9274. For pictures and instructions on how to check your crib, go to http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml07/07307.html.
Although, according to Simplicity, none of the cribs it currently supplies to stores are included in the recall, the CPSC still urges consumers with cribs that have newer hardware to ensure that the drop-side is right side up and securely attached. The newer hardware has a permanent stop at the bottom of the lower track and a flexible tab at the top.
If your child has been killed or injured as the result of getting trapped in a Simplicity or Graco crib, you may be entitled to compensation. To learn more about your rights, be sure to contact an experienced product liability attorney.