Infant Deaths Caused by Defective Baby Cribs

Posted on Sep 30, 2007

baby injuriesOur defective product attorneys in Raleigh wanted to spread the news that on Friday September 21, the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the recall of approximately 1 million Simplicity and Graco cribs after the entrapment and deaths due to suffocation of three children, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said Friday.

Two infants, one 6-months-old and one 9-months-old, suffocated in the recalled cribs, which were sold through May 2007. A 1-year-old infant died in a newer model of the cribs. The newer model has not been recalled but is currently under investigation by the safety agency, said CPSC officials.

Ed Kang, spokesman for the CPSC, gave no comment on when or where the children died. Joe Householder, spokesman for Simplicity, said the company will release no further details about the deaths out of respect for the families of the infants. The CPSC said that in all three deaths, the drop-rail side of the crib had been installed upside-down by the consumer, which created a gap that the children could slide into and suffocate.

According to the CPSC, there have been seven other instances of infants being entrapped in the cribs. There have been 55 reported instances of the cribs having their drop sides detach or the hardware fail to hold the side to the crib. The recalled cribs were sold across the United States, under the Simplicity or Graco brands, during a period of time from January 1998 through May 2007. Multiple models and models numbers have been involved in the recall.

Simplicity made a statement that none of the cribs the company currently supplies to stores are included in the recall. Regardless, CPSC is encouraging consumers who have the newer versions that are not being recalled to make certain the drop side is installed right side up and securely attached.

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