Simplicity Crib Recall: Strangulation Risk
Simplicity cribs have been recalled, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. On April 29, the CPSC announced the recall of all Simplicity full-size cribs with tubular metal mattress-support frames. This crib recall includes both fixed-side and drop-side cribs.
The Simplicity cribs pose a risk of serious injury or death due to entrapment, strangulation, suffocation and fall hazards to infants and toddlers. The crib's tubular metal mattress-support frame can bend or detach and cause part of the mattress to collapse, creating a space into which an infant or toddler can roll and become wedged, entrapped or fall out of the crib. CPSC staff urges parents and caregivers to stop using these cribs immediately and find an alternative, safe sleeping environment for their baby. Do not attempt to fix these cribs.
CPSC has received a report of a one-year-old child who suffocated when he became entrapped between the crib mattress and the crib frame in April, 2008. CPSC is aware of 13 additional incidents involving the recalled cribs collapsing due to the metal mattress- support frame bending or detaching, including one child entrapment that did not result in injury and one child who suffered minor cuts to his head when his mattress collapsed and he fell out of the crib.
Due to the fact that Simplicity and its successor, SFCA Inc., are no longer in business, CPSC has limited information about the number of cribs sold. All Simplicity drop-side cribs have previously been recalled for a hazard involving the drop side. Simplicity drop-side cribs could still be in use by parents or caregivers who are unaware of the recalls or by those who received a repair kit to immobilize the drop side from Simplicity when the firm was still in business. This recall involves all Simplicity cribs with tubular metal mattress-support frames regardless of model number.
The recalled units include:
All Simplicity Cribs with tubular metal mattress-support frames (regardless of model number). Some of the known model numbers include:
- Aspen 4-in-1 Model # 8755
- Chelsea Deluxe 4-in-1 Convertible Sleep System Model # 8324
- Graco 4-in-1 Ultra Sleep System Model # 4600
- Graco Aspen 3-in-1 Model # 8740
- Simplicity Ellis Deluxe 4-in-1 Convertible Sleep System Model # 8676
- Simplicity Nursery-in-a-Box Convertible Crib Model # 8910
The recalled cribs were sold at Walmart, Target, Babies R Us and other stores nationwide for between $150 and $300. Consumers should contact the store where the crib was purchased to receive a refund, replacement crib or store credit.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact the CPSC Recall Hotline at: (800) 638-2772.
For more information on Crib Safety, visit CPSC's Crib Information Center.
CPSC would like to remind parents not to use any crib with missing, broken or loose parts. Make sure to tighten hardware from time to time to keep the crib sturdy. When using a drop-side crib, parents should check to make sure the drop side or any other moving part operates smoothly. Always check all sides and corners of the crib for disengagement. In addition, do not try to repair any side of the crib with tape, wire, rope or by other means. Infants and toddlers have died in cribs with makeshift repairs.
For the full text of the CPSC recall, please go to: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10211.html.
If you would like to report an incident or injury with this product, go to: https://www.cpsc.gov/cgibin/incident.aspx.