The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently announced that Simplicity Inc., of Reading, PA, voluntarily recalled nearly 1 million cribs due to a problem with the sides. The company said that the drop-side has the potential to detach from the side of the crib, creating a gap that can cause infant entrapment and suffocation. The CSPC cited no less than 55 different incidents involving these cribs that resulted in infant deaths, entrapments and other dangerous situations. The CPSC said that there had been at least seven confirmed entrapment cases in a Simplicity crib. They also knew of at least two incidents that caused the death of 6- and 9-month-old children trapped and suffocated in older models of Simplicity cribs with different hardware.
The agency also said that they were investigating an incident where a Simplicity crib with newer hardware had possibly contributed to the death of an 8-month-old child when one of the drop-sides was installed upside-down. The deaths and injuries caused by these cribs appear to be the result of failures in the design and hardware of the drop-side that allows the unintentional installation of the drop-side upside-down. If the drop-side is accidentally installed upside-down, the hardware holding the drop-side in place can weaken and detach from the crib, creating a potential entrapment and choking hazard.
A variety of Simplicity crib models are involved in the voluntary recall, including Aspen 3 in 1, Aspen 4 in 1, Nursery-in-a-Box, Crib N Changer Combo, Chelsea and Pooh 4 in 1. Simplicity also manufactured cribs for Graco and the following Graco models are involved in the recall: Aspen 3 in 1, Ultra 3 in 1, Ultra 4 in 1, Ultra 5 in 1, Whitney and the Trio. Regardless of the model brand, the recalled Simplicity cribs share common model numbers, which are the best way to identify one of the recalled cribs. The model numbers can be found in an envelope attached to the mattress support and the label on the headboard. These recalled model numbers include the 4600, 4605, 4705, 5000, 8000, 8324, 8800, 8740, 8910, 8994, 8050, 8750, 8760, and 8996 models. The Chinese-made cribs were sold in Kmart, Sears, Wal-Mart and other department and children’s stores between January 1998 and May 2007.
Manufacturers of defective products can be liable for injuries and deaths that their products cause. Orlando product liability lawyer James O. Cunningham has been representing victims and families affected by defective products since 1977. If a family member has been hurt or killed in an incident involving one of these recalled cribs, Orlando product liability attorney James O. Cunningham may be able to help. Call the Law Offices of Florida product liability attorney James O. Cunningham today to schedule a free consultation.
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