Simplicity 'drop side' cribs recalled due to risk of death from suffocation

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is recalling Simplicity "drop side" cribs because of a suffocation hazard.

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

The recall involves all drop side cribs with a different or “newer” style of plastic hardware from those cribs recalled in September 2007. This newer style of Simplicity hardware can be identified by a flexible plastic tab at the top of the lower tracks.

The recalled model numbers include but may not be limited to: 8050, 8325, 8620, 8745, 8748, 8755, 8756, 8765, 8778, 8810, and 8994, 8995, 8996.

CPSC is aware of one death involving an eight-month-old child from Houston who became trapped and suffocated between the drop side and the crib mattress when a plastic connector on the drop side broke.

CPSC also is aware of an additional 25 incidents involving the drop side detaching from the crib. In six of these incidents, the drop side detached because the plastic flexible tab deformed or broke.

In four of the drop side detachment incidents, other plastic parts, including connectors or tracks, deformed or broke. In two of the incidents, two children became trapped between the drop side and the crib mattress. There were no reported injuries in those cases.

About 400,000 cribs were sold at department stores, children’s stores and mass merchandisers across the U.S. from January 2005 through June 2009 for between $150 and $30 US.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled cribs and find an alternative, safe sleeping environment for their baby. Consumers should immediately return the crib to the place of purchase for a refund, replacement or store credit.

Recall notice