"When parents put their children to bed at night, they trust that the crib they're using will be the safest place for them, outside of their arms." (Sen. Dick Durbin, IL.) As demonstrated by the recent federal recall of the nation' tops selling cribs, many cribs are not only unsafe, they may be deadly.
On September 21, 2007, the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the recall of about 1 million cribs sold under both the Simplicity and Graco name. The CPSC ordered the recall after the death of three children, seven infant entrapments, and fifty-five other incidents involving Simplicity cribs. The drop rail of these cribs can detach from the cribs frame, creating a dangerous gap that can entrap and suffocate a baby. The recall covers all cribs made by Simplicity from 1998 through May 2007, constituting the largest recall of full-size cribs since the formation of the CPSC in the 1970s.
Cribs covered in the Recall
The Simplicity crib models covered by the recall include: Aspen 3 in 1, Aspen 4 in 1, Nursery-in-a-Box, Crib N Changer Combo, Chelsea and Pooh 4 in 1. The recall also involves Simplicity cribs using the Graco logo: Aspen 3 in 1, Ultra 3 in 1, Ultra 4 in 1, Ultra 5 in 1, Whitney and Trio. Although these cribs were made in China, they were sold in department stores, children' stores, and mass merchandisers throughout the United States.
The CPSC is warning all parents and caregivers to check all Simplicity and Graco cribs to make sure the drop-side is installed right side up and is securely attached to the tracks in all four corners. For cribs that fall under the recall, the CPSC recommends that consumers contact Simplicity (888-593-9274 or www.simplicityforchildren.com) immediately for free repair kit with new hardware. Additional information on Simplicity crib recalls and other product recalls can be obtained at CPSC' website, www.cpsc.gov.
When to Contact a Product Liability Attorney
If your baby or a loved ones baby was seriously injured from a Simplicity crib, Graco crib, or other crib, make sure contact a personal injury attorney experienced in product liability cases. Unfortunately, many personal injury attorney lack the knowledge or experience to hanlde these complex tort cases. Accordingly, it is critical to investigate the attorneys background, experience, and results in complex tort cases.