Baby Crib Recall Lawsuit
The death of an infant has caused more Simplicity Drop side cribs to be recalled. The recall involves 400,000 Simplicity Drop Side Cribs that were made in Reading, Pennsylvania by Simplicity Inc. and SFCA Inc.
The company has been involved in major crib recalls in the past including the 1 million Simplicity and Graco cribs recalled in September of 2007 for a flaw in the design of the cribs that allowed the drop rail to be installed upside down. These cribs were the cause of two children’s death before finally being recalled. In April of 2009 the recall was expanded to include another 600,000 cribs that involved a different, newer style of plastic hardware from the cribs that were recalled in 2007. The newer hardware is identified by a flexible tab at the top of the lower tracks. Some of the model numbers included in the recall were: 8050, 8325, 8620, 8745, 8748, 8755, 8756, 8765, 8778, 8810, 8994, 8995, and 8996 and were sold nationwide by mass merchandisers, department stores, and children stores. They were sold From January of 2005 through until June 2009 for between 150 dollars and 300 dollars.
According to the CPSC, an 8 month child from Houston, Texas died because a plastic connector broke and trapped and suffocated the child between the drop side and the mattress. There are an additional 25 incidents that the agency is aware of that involve the drop side detaching from the crib. In six incidents the drop side detached because the flexible plastic tab broke or deformed, in four other plastic parts, like connectors or tracks, deformed or broke, and in two of the incidents two children became trapped between the crib mattress and the drop side. Of these incidents threre were no reported injuries.
The Simplicity Drop Side Cribs area part of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s Top Ten list of recalled children products. The product is a part of the “Resale Round-up” to ensure that it is not resold. Re-selling a recalled product is a violation of the federal law.
Drop side cribs have proven themselves to be dangerous over the years but are still popular because of the easy access it allows to caregivers. Unfortunately the side rail can fall unexpectedly as a result of poor design, poorly written assembly instructions, or broken pieces. People who have purchased a recalled Simplicity Drop side crib should immediately stop using the crib and return it to the place of purchase for a replacement, refund, or store credit. Baby Crib Recall Lawsuit