Another Simplicity Crib RecallSep 17, 2008 | Parker Waichman LLP
More dangerous Simplicity cribs are being recalled by major retailers because of a strangulation hazard. According to the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC), the defective Simplicity-brand cribs' drop side can come off, creating a gap where infants and toddlers can become trapped and be strangled. The CPSC is advising parents to immediately stop using the cribs and find alternative safe sleeping arrangements.
The recall involves 600,000 Simplicity cribs, including the Aspen and Crib N Changer Combo, Gabrielle, Camille, Providence and Shenandoah models. They were sold from January 2005 to August 2008. The recalled cribs can be identified by the model name, model numbers and date codes. The recalled model numbers include: 8620, 8745, 8748, 8755, 8756, 8778, 8810, and 8994. The recalled drop side cribs have a date code, which can be found on a label on the headboard under the mattress support, which ends in 05DH, 05GB, 06DH, 06GB, 07DH or 07GB (examples: 1806 DH or 0507 GB). Only the brand name "Simplicity" can be seen on the label on the headboard.
The following retailers have agreed to recall the dangerous cribs and provide a refund or store credit to consumers who return the product to the store where purchased:
AAFES, of Dallas, Texas
Babies“R”Us, of Wayne, N.J.
Burlington Coat Factory/Baby Depot, of Burlington, N.J.
K’s Merchandise (out of business)
Meijer Distribution Inc., of Grand Rapids, Mich.
Nebraska Furniture Mart, of Omaha, Neb.
ShopKo, of Green Bay, Wis.
Target, of Minneapolis, Minn.
Wal-Mart Stores Inc, of Bentonville, Ark.
According to the CPSC, the hardware included with the recalled Simplicity cribs has a sizing problem, which allows the drop side to come off the tracks. When the drop side detaches or partially detaches, it creates a hazardous gap, which can lead to infant entrapment and suffocation. The agency said it is aware of 9 incidents where this has occurred, but so far no injuries have been reported.
This latest crib recall comes nearly a month after 900,000 Simplicity 3-in-1 and 4-in-1 bassinets were recalled because of a defect that killed two infants. Simplicity Inc. is now defunct, and its assets were purchased by SFCA, an affiliate of Blackstreet Capital, a Bethesda private-equity firm. SFCA continues to sell children's furniture under the Simplicity brand, but refused to cooperate with the August recall, claiming it wasn't legally responsible for Simplicity products manufactured prior to its acquisition. However, the CPSC did say that it SFCA "working with retailers to carry out this recall program."
Today's recall is the third Simplicity recall in the past year. In addition to the August bassinet recall, Simplicity recalled 1 million cribs in September 2007 because of problems with the drop side detaching. That recall was prompted by three deaths. That recall -- the largest crib recall in U.S. history -- is largely blamed for the demise of Simplicity Inc.