April 29, 2010 -- Certain Simplicity and Graco cribs are being recalled because of the risk of entrapment, suffocation, and strangulation.
One child's death has been linked to a recalled Simplicity crib, and there have been 112 other cases of problems with the recalled Graco and Simplicity cribs, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
Simplicity Crib Recall
The Simplicity crib recall includes all full-size cribs with tubular metal mattress-support frames. The recall includes -- but is not limited to -- these cribs:
- Aspen 4-in-1 (model number 8755)
- Chelsea Deluxe 4-in-1 Convertible Sleep System (model number 8324)
- Graco 4-in-1 Ultra Sleep System (model number 4600)
- Graco Aspen 3-in-1 (model number 8740)
- Simplicity Crib and Changer Combo (model number 8994)
- Simplicity Ellis Deluxe 4-in-1 Convertible Sleep System (model number 8676)
- Simplicity Nursery-in-a-Box Convertible Crib (model number 8910)
Stop using those cribs immediately and don't try to fix them, the CPSC advises.
Because Simplicity and its successor, SFCA Inc., are no longer in business, the CPSC says it 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" but might still be in use by parents or caregivers who are unaware of those previous recalls, the CPSC states in a news release.
The problem: The cribs' tubular metal mattress-support frame can bend or detach and cause part of the mattress to collapse, creating a space where an infant or toddler can roll and become wedged, entrapped, or fall out of the crib.
Reported cases: The CPSC has gotten a report of a 1-year-old boy in North Attleboro, Mass., who suffocated when he became entrapped between the crib mattress and crib frame.
The CPSC has also gotten 13 other reports involving the recalled cribs collapsing due to the metal mattress-support frame bending or detaching. Those cases include 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.
Graco Crib Recall
The Graco crib recall includes about 217,000 Graco-branded drop-side cribs made by LaJobi Inc. of Cadbury, N.J.
Here are the recalled Graco cribs:
- Ashleigh Drop Side: Model numbers 3280142, 3280154, 3280181
- Hampton Drop Side: Model number 3080136
- Jason Convertible Drop Side: Model numbers 3290235, 3290254, 3290281
- Kendal Drop Side: Model numbers 3570170, 3570181
- Lauren Drop Side: Model numbers 3250235, 3250242, 3250247, 3250254, 3250281, 3250282, 3150281, 3150282
- Rachel Convertible Drop Side: Model numbers 3300236, 3300281
Sarah Drop Side: Model numbers 3000135, 3000136, 3000142, 3000147, 3000154,
- Shannon Drop Side: Model numbers 3010136, 3010154, 3010181
- Tifton Drop Side: Model numbers 3090136, 3270136
Stop using those cribs immediately and contact LaJobi for a free kit that will immobilize the drop side. Call LaJobi at 888-8423-2215 anytime, or visit the safety information page of the company's web site.
The problem: The cribs' drop-side hardware can break or fail, allowing the drop side to detach from the crib. That can create a gap between the drop side and the mattress, posing a risk of entrapment, suffocation, strangulation, or falling out of the crib, according to the CPSC.
Reported cases: The CPSC and LaJobi have gotten 99 reports of drop-side incidents, including hardware breaking and the drop side detaching.
In two cases, children became entrapped in the gap created by the detached drop side; both kids were freed by their caregivers.
There have also been six reports of children falling from the cribs due to drop-side failure, including one report of a mild concussion.
In a statement emailed to WebMD, LaJobi states that it is "confident" that the free hardware conversion kit "will address these safety concerns." The company says it has moved "swiftly and decisively, in full cooperation with the CPSC" on the crib recall.