This morning, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced voluntary recalls of cribs from two different companies — Graco and Simplicity — that encompasses well over 200,000 cribs. Both recalls involve possible suffocation hazards and owners are being advised to discontinue use immediately.
GRACO BRAND DROP SIDE CRIBS MADE BY LAJOBI:
According to the recall notice, “the drop side hardware can break or fail, allowing the drop side to detach from the crib. When the drop side detaches, a hazardous gap is created between the drop side and the crib mattress in which infants and toddlers can become wedged or entrapped, posing a risk of suffocation and strangulation. In addition, children can fall from the cribs when the drop side detaches or fails to lock.”
To date, the CPSC and the manufacturer have received a total of 99 reports of drop side incidents, including hardware breakage and drop side detachment. There were two incidents in which children became entrapped in the gap created by the detached drop side. Both children were freed by their caregivers. There were six reports of children falling due to drop side failure, including one report of a mild concussion.
Below is a list of models and item numbers affected by the recall:
Ashleigh Drop Side:
Hampton Drop Side:
Jason Convertible Drop Side:
Kendal Drop Side:
Lauren Drop Side:
Rachel Convertible Drop Side:
Sarah Drop Side:
Shannon Drop Side:
Tifton Drop Side:
These cribs were sold at retailers nationwide from February 2007 to March 2010 for between $140 and $200.
Owners of these cribs should contact LaJobi immediately — (888) 842-2215 or at LaJobi.com — to receive a free hardware retrofit kit that will immobilize the drop side. CPSC urges parents and caregivers to find an alternative, safe sleeping environment for their baby.
CPSC has also announced the recall for all Simplicity full-size cribs with tubular metal mattress-support frames, saying “These cribs pose a risk of serious injury or death due to entrapment, strangulation, suffocation and fall hazards to infants and toddlers.”
According to CPSC, “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.”
The CPSC knows of 14 incidents where the crib collapsed because of bending or detaching of the metal mattress support frame, including one fatality.
Owners of these cribs are urged to discontinue use immediately, and to not attempt to fix the problem themselves
Aspen 4-in-1: 8755
Chelsea Deluxe 4-in-1 Convertible Sleep System: 8324
Graco 4-in-1 Ultra Sleep System: 4600
Graco Aspen 3-in-1: 8740
Simplicity Crib and Changer Combo: 8994
Simplicity Ellis Deluxe 4-in-1 Convertible Sleep System: 8676
Simplicity Nursery-in-a-Box Convertible Crib: 8910
NOTE: Some model numbers are followed by letters, indicating the color or finish of the crib. The name “Simplicity Inc.” or “Simplicity for Children” appears on a label on the crib’s mattress-support frame and/or the crib’s end panels. The cribs were manufactured in China.
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.
GracoÂ®-Branded Drop Side Cribs Made by LaJobi Recalled Due to Entrapment and Suffocation Hazards [CPSC.gov]
Simplicity Cribs Recalled by Retailers; Mattress-Support Collapse Can Cause Suffocation and Strangulation [CPSC.gov]