Simplicity Crib Recall Includes 1 Million Cribs

Posted on September 21, 2007

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued a voluntary recall of 1 million cribs from Simplicity Inc. A drop-side installation error may create a gap where a baby can become entrapped in the crib.

The CPSC says it is aware of two deaths in Simplicity manufactured cribs with older style hardware. The deaths include a 9-month-old child and a 6-month-old child, where the drop-side was installed upside down. CPSC also says it knows of seven infant entrapments and 55 incidents in these cribs. CPSC is also investigating the death of a 1-year-old child in a Simplicity crib with newer style hardware.

The CPSC says the recalled Simplicity crib models include: "Aspen 3 in 1, Aspen 4 in 1, Nursery-in-a-Box, Crib N Changer Combo, Chelsea and Pooh 4 in 1. The recall also involves the following Simplicity cribs that used the Graco logo: Aspen 3 in 1, Ultra 3 in 1, Ultra 4 in1, Ultra 5 in 1, Whitney and the Trio."

Here is how Simplicity describes the risk from the recalled cribs on its website:
The drop-side can detach from the crib, which can create a dangerous gap and lead to entrapment and suffocation of infants. The drop-side failures result from both the hardware and crib design, which allow consumers unintentionally to install the drop-side upside down. This, in turn, can weaken the hardware and lead to the drop-side separating from the crib. When the drop-side separates or detaches, it creates a gap in which infants can become entrapped. While CPSC is aware of two separation incidents that occurred when the drop side was correctly installed, the upside down installation greatly increases the risk of failure.
This is the largest recall ever of full-size cribs in history. The recalls came years after reports of infant deaths. The recall didn't come until two-and-a-half years later after the infant death incident described by ABC News. The cribs were made in China but some consumer experts are downplaying the China link as this appears to be caused more by poor design than a manufacturing error.