More Infant Deaths Blamed on Simplicity CribsDec 18, 2009 | Parker Waichman LLP
The death toll attributed to recalled Simplicity cribs has jumped from 3 to 11. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is issuing yet another warning about these deadly Simplicity drop-side cribs.
Simplicity crib recalls have been issued in December 2005, June 2007, September 2007, September 2008 and July 2009. According to the CPSC, all Simplicity drop side cribs have been recalled, including some with the Graco logo and Winnie-the-Pooh motif. The plastic hardware on these Simplicity cribs can break or deform, causing the drop side to detach. When the drop side detaches, it creates a space between the drop side and the crib mattress. Infants and toddlers can roll into this space and become entrapped which can lead to suffocation.
The CPSC is reminding parents and caregivers to check their cribs to see if they have a recalled Simplicity drop side crib. Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled cribs and find an alternative, safe sleeping environment for their baby. Consumers should not attempt to fix the cribs. Consumers can also check with the retailer where purchased to receive a remedy.
According to the CPSC, the most recent death blamed on a Simplicity crib occurred just this past September, and involved a 7-month-old child from Princeton, Kentucky who became entrapped in the crib when a part of it broke. There have also been 25 other incidents involving the drop side detaching from the crib.