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Graco, Simplicity cribs recalled in United States

NEWS RELEASES U.S. CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION ************************* Graco®-branded drop-side cribs made by LaJobi recalled due to entrapment and suffocation hazards WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S.



************************* Graco®-branded drop-side cribs made by LaJobi recalled due to entrapment and suffocation hazards

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product.

Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Graco®-branded drop side cribs made by LaJobi

Units: About 217,000

Manufacturer: LaJobi Inc., of Cranbury, N.J.

Hazard: The drop side hardware can break or fail, allowing the drop side to detach from the crib. When the drop side detaches, a hazardous gap is created between the drop side and the crib mattress in which infants and toddlers can become wedged or entrapped, posing a risk of suffocation and strangulation. In addition, children can fall from the cribs when the drop side detaches or fails to lock.

Incidents/Injuries: CPSC and LaJobi have received a total of 99 reports of drop side incidents, including hardware breakage and drop side detachment. There were two incidents in which children became entrapped in the gap created by the detached drop side. Both children were freed by their caregivers. There were six reports of children falling due to drop side failure, including one report of a mild concussion.

Description: This recall involves LaJobi-manufactured Graco® wood cribs. The full size cribs were sold in cherry, espresso, natural and white finishes. The production date, item number, purchase order number and finish name is printed on a label affixed to the footboard or headboard. "LaJobi" and the crib model name are printed on a product sticker located on the stabilizer bar or bottom rail of the crib. Affected models are listed below.

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 [shown above] 3000135 3000136 3000142 3000147 3000154 3000181

Shannon Drop Side 3010136 3010154 3010181

Tifton Drop Side 3090136 3270136

Sold at: Children's product stores and other retailers nationwide from February 2007 to March 2010 for between $140 and $200.

Manufactured in: China and Vietnam

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled cribs and contact LaJobi to receive a free hardware retrofit kit that will immobilize the drop side. CPSC urges parents and caregivers to find an alternative, safe sleeping environment for their baby.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact LaJobi toll-free at (888) 842-2215 anytime, or visit the firm's web site at

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.

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************************ Simplicity cribs recalled by retailers; mattress-support collapse can cause suffocation and strangulation. One infant death reported

WASHINGTON, D.C. - 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.

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, Massachusetts 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:

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-Box Convertible Crib 8910

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.

Important 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.