Simplicity crib recall expanded

Health Canada has expanded its recall of Simplicity drop-side cribs to include model numbers 8050CC, 8910CC and 8994WC.

The crib's plastic hardware can break or deform, causing the drop side to detach. When the drop side detaches, it creates a space between the drop side and the crib mattress. Infants and toddlers can roll into this space and become entrapped, which can lead to suffocation.

On July 2, 2009, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the recall of Simplicity drop-side cribs by U.S. retailers due to the risk of death from suffocation. In the United States, the responsible companies, Simplicity Inc. and SFCA Inc., are no longer in business. In Canada, until early 2008, Elfe Juvenile Products was the exclusive distributor of the Simplicity products line.

Health Canada has received two complaints related to faulty hardware in the use of these cribs. No confirmed reports of injuries in Canada have been received related to the hazard.

Approximately 4,536 cribs were sold at specialty retailers and department stores across Canada until July 2009.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled cribs and find an alternative safe sleeping environment for their child.

Elfe is working with all retailers of these products to provide a credit for Canadian consumers. Full details of this program will be made available on www.elfe.net within the next 24 hours.