Today (Friday Sept. 21, 2007) the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the recall of One-million Simplicity and Graco cribs after three children were trapped and suffocated in Simplicity or Graco cribs.
All three children died after falling into a gap in the crib created when the person putting the crib together had installed the drop-rail side of the crib upside-down.
There have been 55 reports of sides detaching or hardware failing on these recalled cribs, and at least seven other children have reportedly been trapped in the cribs, presumably caused by the same faulty installation.
Should the people putting the cribs together have followed the instructions more closely, or does the fact that so many instances of this problem have occurred suggest that the instructions were not clear enough? That, of course, will be for the courts to decide.
How To Tell if You Have a Recalled Crib
From January 1998 through May 2007 the recalled cribs were sold across the US under the Simplicity or Graco brands. The recalled cribs come in many different model numbers. If you have a Simplicity or Graco crib, you should call the Simplicity hotline at 888-593-9274 and they will help you determine if your crib is among the recalled.
In the meantime, all parents, consumers and store owners should check installed cribs to ensure that the drop side is installed correctly and securely attached. The newer hardware has a flexible tab at the top of the lower track and a permanent stop at the bottom. The older hardware has a flexible tab at the bottom of the lower tracks.
Other Previous Graco and Simplicity Crib Recalls:
Aspen 3-in-1 Crib with Graco Logo by Simplicity Inc. (Feb. 14, 2006):
Graco Branded Aspen Crib Recall (Dec. 23, 2005)
Please use the contact form to your right if your child has been injured by Graco, Aspen, Simplicity or any other cribs. Companies who manufacture cribs have a responsibility to produce extremely high quality, safe products and provide clear instructions on their assembly. If they fail to do so, you have the right to bring a civil lawsuit. Demand higher standards for our children.