The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a voluntary recall on Thursday of Simplicity Drop Side Cribs.
Simplicity Inc. is recalling about 400,000 of their cribs because the flexible plastic hardware could break or deform and cause the drop side to detach. When the drop side detaches, it creates space between the side and the crib mattress that infants or toddlers could roll into and become entrapped, which can lead to suffocation.
CPSC is aware of one death involving an 8-month-old child from Houston, Texas who became entrapped and suffocated between the drop side and the crib mattress when a plastic connector on the drop side broke. CPSC also is aware of an additional 25 incidents involving the drop side detaching from the crib. There were no reported injuries in these incidents.
This recall involves all drop side cribs with a different or “newer” style of plastic hardware from those cribs recalled in September 2007. This style of Simplicity hardware can be identified by a flexible plastic tab at the top of the lower tracks. The cribs were sold from January 2005 through June 2009 for between $150 and $300 and model numbers include but may not be limited to: 8050, 8325, 8620, 8745, 8748, 8755, 8756, 8765, 8778, 8810, and 8994, 8995, 8996.
Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. Also, consumers should immediately return the crib to the place of purchase for a refund, replacement or store credit.