Another infant death fires up efforts to recall all Simplicity drop-side cribs

Reports of another infant death due to defective mechanics on a Simplicity brand drop-side crib has the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission calling for wider recalls of the popular, low-priced cribs.

The latest death involved a 7-month-old baby in Princeton, Kentucky. In July an 8-month old in Texas suffocated between the mattress and the side of the crib when a plastic connector on the drop side broke away. The CPSC is aware of at least 25 incidents to date involving the drop side detaching from the cribs, including a total of 11 deaths. This is what lead to the crib recall.
As WalletPop reported earlier, the CPSC issued a massive recall of most drop-sided cribs, citing ongoing safety concerns, Indeed, as our Consumer Ally reporter Mitch Lipka discovered, the agency is looking seriously at the entire product line of drop-sided cribs. The nation's largest retailer of child products, Toys R Us, is expected to stop carrying the product line after the first of the year.

The cribs have proven popular with parents because the drop-side allows for easy-lifting of baby out of his crib. Unfortunately, this same mechanism has become too dangerous in the eyes of the nation's consumer watchdog agency.

According to the agency press release, all Simplicity drop side cribs have been recalled. Parents and caregivers are asked to check their cribs and stop using them immediately if they are found to be one of the recalled models.

Some of the model numbers include, but are not limited to: 4600, 4605, 4705, 5000, 8000, 8050, 8324, 8325, 8620, 8740, 8745, 8748, 8750, 8755, 8756, 8760,8765, 8778, 8800, 8810, 8910, 8993, 8994, 8995, 8996. The recalled drop side cribs were sold in department stores, children's stores, and mass merchandisers nationwide from January 2005 through June 2009 for between $150 and $300. Some of the cribs are under the Graco logo or have Winnie-the-Pooh motifs.

Simplicity drop sided cribs have been the subject of recalls in 2005, 2007,2008 and 2009.

Not surprisingly, the crib's manufacturer, Simplicity and SFCA of Reading, PA, do not appear to be in business anymore. Parents should contact the retailer where they bought their crib for refund information.

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