One million cribs recalled. On Friday the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced a voluntary recall of several Simplicity cribs (including some models sold with a Graco label) after the deaths of two infants. In both cases, the drop-rail side of the crib was installed upside down by the consumers which weakened the hardware, caused the drop-side to detach and created a gap in which the baby became entrapped and suffocated. CPSC has reports of 7 infant entrapments and 55 other incidents in these cribs. A third child death in another model is being investigated.
The CPSC points out that the crib and hardware designs are flawed in that consumers can unintentionally install the drop-side upside down. They are urging all Simplicity crib owners to be sure the drop-side is correctly installed.
The affected cribs were sold between 1998 and 2007. Models include:
Aspen 3 in 1, Aspen 4 in 1, Nursery in a Box, Crib N Changer Combo, Pooh 4 in 1, Chelsea, and the following cribs with the Graco logo: Aspen 3 in 1, Ultra 3 in 1, Ultra 4 in 1, Ultra 5 in 1, Trio, and Whitney. The model numbers are: 4600, 4605, 4705, 5000, 8000, 8324, 8800, 8740, 8910, 8994, 8050, 8750, 8760, and 8996.
If you have any of the above cribs with either the Simplicity or Graco labels, visit the CPSC website for more information - they have photographs which show examples of a correct and an incorrect drop-side installation. They also have information about how to obtain new hardware or a repair.