By: Staff Writer
The company that manufactures Simplicity and Graco cribs have recalled about 1 million of the defective products after at least two babies – including one from Citrus Heights, Calif. — reportedly died of suffocation. According to an article in the Los Angeles Times. Keeping with the recent trend with defective or recalled products these cribs were also made in China, further elevating the issue of quality control of imported goods – from food to toys and household products.
These cribs were apparently sold at major retailers all over the United States. One of the crib’s features, a “drop-side” railing, officials say, tends to pull away from the crib mattress causing infants to get trapped in the gap as a result and suffocate. According to a report by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, officials received reports of seven infant entrapments and a total of 55 incidents in these cribs. The report further states that the crib’s design is flawed allowing consumers to unintentionally install the defective drop-side feature upside down. This in turn weakens the hardware and causes the drop-side to detach from the crib creating the dangerous gap. A 9-month-old and another 6-month-old died in exactly such a situation where the drop-side was installed upside down.
What a horrible nightmare for the parents of those infants who assembled this death trap for their children with their own hands! Yes, this is nothing short of a death trap. And the people who lead our nation should be ashamed that we have absolutely no controls in place to monitor these products that come from China. Who knows what other defective products our markets are being flooded with without being inspected or checked for quality? We won’t know the effects of these products until some unsuspecting, innocent victim is injured or dead. Is saving money on cheap labor worth precious lives? Absolutely not.
If you have one of these cribs at home, don’t let your precious little one sleep in it tonight. Return it immediately for a full refund. The recalled Simplicity models are: 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 the following Simplicity cribs that used the Graco logo: Aspen 3 in 1, Ultra 3 in 1, Ultra 4 in 1, Ultra 5 in 1, Whitney and the Trio.
The recalled cribs have one of the following model numbers: 4600, 4605, 4705, 5000, 8000, 8324, 8800, 8740, 8910, 8994, 8050, 8750, 8760 and 8996. For more information about the recall, visit the company’s Web site, www.simplicityforchildren.com or call their recall hotline 888-593-9274.
If you have questions about defective products that have caused you or your loved ones serious injuries, call Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys for a free consultation.