Recalled Simplicity Cribs Cited in 11 Deaths

<"http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/simplicity_graco_crib_recall">Simplicity drop-side cribs have now killed 11 children. The Simplicity crib death toll has prompted the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) to again warn parents and caregivers about the dangers posed by cribs manufactured by Simplicity Inc. and SFCA Inc.

Prior to today, three deaths had been attributed to the defective Simplicity cribs. According to the agency, the most recent death 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.

Since December 2005, the CPSC has recalled over 2 million Simplicity drop side cribs due to problems with the crib’s plastic hardware. These recalls were 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.

Some of the model numbers in the Simplicity crib recall include but are not limited to: 4600, 4605, 4705, 5000, 8000, 8050, 8324, 8325, 8620, 8740, 8745, 8748, 8750, 8755, 8756, 8760, 8765, 8778, 8800, 8810, 8910, 8993, 8994, 8995, 8996. The recalled drop side cribs were sold in department stores, children’s stores, and mass merchandisers nationwide from January 2005 through June 2009 for between $150 and $300.

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.

As we’ve reported previously, Simplicity was acquired by SFCA, Inc. last year. But according to the CPSC, both firms appear to have ceased operations.

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