Simplicity Cribs Recalled by Retailers; Mattress-Support Collapse Can Cause Suffocation and Strangulation

Simplicity Cribs Recalled by Retailers; Mattress-Support Collapse Can Cause Suffocation and Strangulation

One Infant Death Reported


Simplicity Cribs Recalled by Retailers; Mattress-Support Collapse Can<br /> Cause Suffocation and Strangulation

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    WASHINGTON, April 29 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC
PR WIRE/ — The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is announcing
the recall of all Simplicity full-size cribs with tubular metal
mattress-support frames. This recall includes fixed-side and drop-side cribs.
These cribs pose a risk of serious injury or death due to entrapment,
strangulation, suffocation and fall hazards to infants and toddlers. 


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    The crib’s tubular metal mattress-support
frame can bend or detach and cause part of the mattress to collapse, creating a
space into which an infant or toddler can roll and become wedged, entrapped or
fall out of the crib.


    CPSC has received a report of a
one-year-old child from North Attleboro, Mass. who suffocated when he became
entrapped between the crib mattress and the crib frame in April 2008. CPSC is aware
of 13 additional incidents involving the recalled cribs collapsing due to the
metal mattress-support frame bending or detaching, including 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.


    CPSC staff urges parents and caregivers to
stop using these cribs immediately and find an alternative, safe sleeping
environment for their baby. Do not attempt to fix these cribs.


    Due to the fact that Simplicity and its
successor, SFCA Inc., are no longer in business, CPSC 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. Simplicity drop-side cribs
could still be in use by parents or caregivers who are unaware of the recalls
or by those who received a repair kit to immobilize the drop side from
Simplicity when the firm was still in business. This recall involves all
Simplicity cribs with tubular metal mattress-support frames, which include but
are not limited to the following models:



              Crib Name              
Model Number

    Aspen 4-in-1                                 8755

    Chelsea Deluxe 4-in-1

     Convertible Sleep System                    8324

    Graco 4-in-1 Ultra Sleep

     System                                      4600

    Graco Aspen 3-in-1                           8740

    Simplicity Crib and Changer

     Combo                                       8994

    Simplicity Ellis Deluxe 4-

     in-1 Convertible Sleep

     System                                      8676

    Simplicity Nursery-in-a-

Convertible Crib                       



    Some model numbers are followed by
letters, indicating the color or finish of the crib.


    The name "Simplicity Inc." or
"Simplicity for Children" appears on a label on the crib’s
mattress-support frame and/or the crib’s end panels. The cribs were
manufactured in China.


    The recalled cribs were sold at Walmart,
Target, Babies R Us and other stores nationwide for between $150 and $300.
Consumers should contact the store where the crib was purchased to receive a
refund, replacement crib or store credit.


Message from CPSC:

    CPSC would like to remind parents not to
use any crib with missing, broken or loose parts. Make sure to tighten hardware
from time to time to keep the crib sturdy. When using a drop-side crib, parents
should check to make sure the drop side or any other moving part operates
smoothly. Always check all sides and corners of the crib for disengagement. Any
disengagement can create a gap which could fatally entrap a child. In addition,
do not try to repair any side of the crib with tape, wire, rope or by other
means. Infants and toddlers have died in cribs with makeshift repairs.


    For more information on Crib Safety, visit
CPSC’s Crib Information Center (


    CPSC is still interested in receiving
incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product
recall or involve a different hazard with the same product.  Please tell us about it by visiting


    The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is
charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or
death from thousands of types of consumer products under the agency’s
jurisdiction. The CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from
products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard. The CPSC’s
work to ensure the safety of consumer products — such as toys, cribs, power
tools, cigarette lighters, and household chemicals — contributed significantly
to the decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer
products over the past 30 years.


    To report a dangerous product or a
product-related injury, call CPSC’s Hotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC’s
teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270.  To
join a CPSC e-mail subscription list, please go to Consumers can obtain
recall and general safety information by logging on to CPSC’s Web site at


    Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772


    CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908


SOURCE  U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Simplicity Cribs Recalled by Retailers; Mattress-Support Collapse Can Cause Suffocation and Strangulation