On September 21, 2007, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced the recall of 1 million Simplicity cribs due to safety concerns. The cribs were made in China and sold in various department stores in the United States. This is not the first recall of Simplicity Cribs. The CPSC links the Simplicity Cribs to two infant deaths and another child’s death is under investigation. The company and agency also report 7 cases of infants becoming trapped and 55 other cases of drop-rail complaints.
Families are asking why it took so long for Simplicity and the CPSC to act? The Chicago Tribune reported that President of Simplicity, Inc., Ken Waldman, contended that his company makes safe products and was cooperating with the CPSC. Mr. Waldman did not say why the recall did not occur earlier. “This is the thing to do and that’s why we decided to do it now,” he said.
Another very disturbing development is that parents report calling for the repair kits and being told that the kits are not available or kits have been received with no written instructions.
The Simplicity crib models recalled include: Aspen 3 in 1, Aspen 4 in 1, Nursery-in-a-Box, Crib N Changer Combo, Chelsea and Pooh 4 in 1. The recalled cribs with the Graco logo are the Aspen 3 in 1, Ultra 3 in 1, Ultra 4 in 1, Ultra 5 in 1, Whitney and the Trio.
The cribs have one of the following model numbers: 4600, 4605, 4705, 5000, 8000, 8324, 8800, 8740, 8910, 8994, 8050, 8750, 8760 and 8996. The numbers are on the envelope attached to the mattress support and on the label attached to the headboard.
Consumers are urged to review the recall notice for details.
If your infant has been injured as the result of an unsafe crib please contact us by clicking here or calling the law firm of Regan Zambri & Long, PLLC at (202) 753-4272 for further information about your rights.