The Consumer Products Safety Commission has announced the U.S.’s largest voluntary crib recall which affects Simplicity and Graco cribs. The voluntary recall comes after there were reports of three infant deaths. All of the recalled cribs were manufactured in China, which has been involved in a string of recalls in the past year.
According to the recall:
“The drop-side can detach from the crib, which can create a dangerous gap and lead to the entrapment and suffocation of infants… The drop-side failures result from both the hardware and crib design, which allow consumers to unintentionally install the drop-side upside down. This, in turn, can weaken the hardware and cause the drop-side to detach from the crib. When the drop-side detaches, it creates a gap in which infants can become entrapped.
There have also been 55 incidents reported in addition to the deaths, including seven cases of children becoming trapped in the drop-side.
The affected cribs were sold across the United States from January 1998 to May 2007, and ranged in price from $100 to $300.
Models affected by the recall are:
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. The recalled cribs have one of the following model numbers, which can be found on the envelope attached to the mattress support and on the label attached to the headboard: 4600, 4605, 4705, 5000, 8000, 8324, 8800, 8740, 8910, 8994, 8050, 8750, 8760, and 8996.”
If you had one of these cribs and your children have already outgrown them, you may still want to check them and discard them as needed.