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Playkids USA Recalls Portable Cribs Following Child Death

Oct 17, 2008 | Parker Waichman Alons LLP

Portable cribs made by Playkids USA of Brooklyn, New York are being recalled following the death of a 5-month-old child.  The baby suffocated to death in August after becoming entrapped between the mattress and the drop side rail of the convertible crib.

The portable crib recall involves 2000 Playkids U.S.A. convertible crib/playpen/bassinet/bed with model number PLK-909. “Playkids U.S.A.” can be found on the packaging and on a label sewn into the side of the crib. The model number can be found on the packaging. The recalled Playkids USA portable cribs were sold in juvenile product retailers in New York from March 2007 through September 2008 for about $100.

The convertible cribs have a drop side rail, a stationary side rail, a canopy assembly, and a bassinet. The sides of the convertible crib, the mattress support, the bassinet, the canopy and the bedskirt are covered in fabric and mesh. The fabric and the mesh come in a variety of colors and patterns.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the sides of the portable crib are made of a mesh that expands, creating a gap between the mattress and the side through which an infant can slip. This poses suffocation and entrapment hazards for young children.

Consumers should stop using the recalled Playkids U.S.A. convertible cribs immediately.  For additional information, consumers should contact Playkids USA collect at (718) 797-0302 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday.

Unfortunately, crib recalls are not unusual.  In August, dozens of retailers recalled defective Simplicity bassinets that were implicated in the deaths of two children.  The CPSC had to ask retailers to recall the Simplicity bassinets because the defective cribs were manufactured before Simplicity Inc. was acquired by SFCA Inc. When it acquired Simplicity, SFCA bought the right to sell products under the Simplicity brand but did not take legal responsibility for products made under its previous owners.

In addition to the August bassinet recall, Simplicity recalled   1 million cribs in September 2007 after they killed three babies.  That recall — the largest crib recall in U.S. history — is largely blamed for the demise of Simplicity Inc.

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