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Safety Alert: CPSC Announces Massive Recall on Graco and Simplicity Cribs

April 26, 2010: This morning, the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a major recall on all Simplicity cribs and all Graco drop-side cribs.

With Simplicity, the recall affects all cribs with a tubular metal support frame (found in both fixed-side and drop-side cribs), which safety officials found in many cases to have the tendency to bend or detach. In these cases, the mattress was caused to collapse and fold inward, creating a space where baby could become trapped and suffocate or even fall out of the crib. The recall comes in response to more than 13 different reports of similar incidents, as well as one infant death.

The Graco recall affects all LaJobi-manufactured Graco wooden drop-side cribs, which have been found to detach or even completely come loose. This can create a space between the crib mattress and the drop-side where baby can become trapped, leading to strangulation and suffocation. Additional fall risks are also posed. To date, there have been 99 reported cases of incidents related to the faulty drop-side attachment, though thankfully no deaths.

Wondering if you own one of the affected models? Check out the CPSC's full list of recalled cribs below.

SIMPLICITY RECALL

CRIB STYLE/MODEL NUMBERS AFFECTED:

Aspen 4-in-1 - Model: 8755

Chelsea Deluxe 4-in-1 Convertible Sleep System - Model: 8324

Graco 4-in-1 Ultra Sleep System - Model: 4600

Graco Aspen 3-in-1 - Model: 8740

Simplicity Crib and Changer Combo - Model: 8994

Simplicity Ellis Deluxe 4-in-1 Convertible Sleep System - Model: 8676

Simplicity Nursery-in-a-Box Convertible Crib  - Model: 8910

GRACO RECALL
CRIB STYLE/MODEL NUMBERS AFFECTED:

Ashleigh Drop Side

3280142
3280154
3280181

Hampton Drop Side

3080136

Jason Convertible Drop Side

3290235
3290254
3290281

Kendal Drop Side

3570170
3570181

Lauren Drop Side

3250235
3250242
3250247
3250254
3250281
3250282
3150281
3150282

Rachel Convertible Drop Side

3300236
3300281

Sarah Drop Side

3000135
3000136
3000142
3000147
3000154
3000181

Shannon Drop Side

3010136
3010154
3010181

Tifton Drop Side

3090136
3270136

If you have one of the affected models above, the government urges parents to stop using it immediately.

For Graco owners: Contact LaJobi directly at 1- (888) 842-2215 or on the web at www.LaJobi.com for a free hardware repair kit to disable the drop-side entirely. In the meantime, the CPSC advises parents to try and find another safe sleeping arrangement for baby. Read the CPSC's official statement on the Graco recall.

For Simplicity owners: Because the manufacturers who made Simplicity are no longer in business, the CPSC advises owners to contact the store where the crib was purchased to receive a refund, replacement crib, or store credit. Read the CPSC's official statement on the Simplicity recall.

-- Kaitlin Stanford

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