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September 24, 2007

Consumer Product Safety Commission Announces Massive Crib Recall with Simplicity, Inc.

On Friday, September 21, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced a voluntary recall with Simplicity Inc., of Reading, Pa., of about 1 million cribs, which were made in China and sold in department stores, children’s stores and mass merchandisers nationwide from January 1998 through May 2007. The problem with th cribs is that the drop-side can detach from the crib, which can create a dangerous gap and lead to the entrapment and suffocation of infants. The CPSC is aware of two deaths in Simplicity manufactured cribs with older style hardware, including a 9-month-old child and a 6-month-old child, where the drop-side was installed upside down. CPSC is also aware of seven infant entrapments and 55 incidents in the cribs.  The drop-side failures result from both the hardware and crib design, which allow consumers to unintentionally install the drop-side upside down. That 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.  The website contains detailed response information for consumers.

MKS

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