Simplicity Inc. has voluntarily recalled 1 million cribs after reports of three infant deaths, due to the drop-side detaching from the crib which can create a dangerous gap, causing a suffocation hazard.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) says they are aware of two deaths that occurred in Simplicity manufactured cribs which include a nine-month-old and six-month-old child, where the drop-side of the crib was installed upside down.
CPSC is also looking into the death of a one-year-old child in a Simplicity crib that also had the drop-side of the crib installed upside down. To date, CPSC is aware of seven infant entrapments and 55 incidents involving the recalled cribs.
CPSC is advising all parents to check the Simplicity crib to make sure the drop-side is installed properly.
Check to see that the slightly rounded rail with the decorative groove is installed at the top and the plain rail is on the bottom. Next, consumers should make sure the drop-side is securely attached to the tracks in all four corners.
CPSC said it is also aware of two incidents that occurred when the drop-side was correctly installed with older style hardware, though the upside down installation greatly increases the risk of failure.
For more information on this subject matter, please refer to the section on Defective and Dangerous Products.