New parents and those placed in charge of a young child expect-and deserve-to feel a certain level of comfort when they entrust their child's safety to a baby product. That's why it's especially heart-wrenching and upsetting to learn of yet another baby product recall with ties to infant death and child injury.
There have been numerous baby product recalls this year, including a Graco recall of 1.5 million strollers and a recall of 1.2 million Harmony high chairs, among others. Now, federal safety experts have issued a warning on Simplicity and Graco baby cribs in the wake of reports that the cribs present a suffocation risk to babies.
The Simplicity Crib Recall
On April 29, 2010, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a recall on Simplicity cribs. The recalled baby products-manufactured by the now defunct Simplicity Inc.-have been linked to at least one infant's death. Bloomberg Businessweek reports that a recalled crib has been implicated in the April 2008 suffocation death of a 1-year-old in North Attleboro, Mass. The child victim died after becoming trapped between the frame of the crib and the mattress.
In addition, there have been reports of at least 13 Simplicity cribs collapsing because of a manufacturing and design defect specific to the crib's hardware.
Because Simplicity Inc. is out of business, it is unknown how many cribs are included in this recall, but experts estimate that it may include hundreds of thousands of recalled baby products. Many of these cribs had already been recalled, but experts are concerned that not all parents received proper notification during the initial warning.
The Graco Crib Recall
In addition to the safety issue with Simplicity cribs, the CPSC has also issued a baby product recall on Graco dropside cribs. The wood cribs, manufactured by LaJobi, have faulty hardware that allows the "drop" side to detach from the unit, creating a space in which a baby can become trapped. As with the recalled Simplicity cribs, this defect can lead to suffocation or strangulation. There have been nearly 100 reports of problems with the Graco dropsides. Thankfully, none of them have resulted in a child injury.
At least 217,000 cribs-sold at Walmart and Target, among others-are included in the recall. If you have one of these Graco dropside cribs in your home, cease use immediately and contact LaJobi for a repair kit; 1-888-842-2215.
Contacting a Philadelphia Product Liability Lawyer
There have been numerous baby product recall notifications connected with Simplicity since 2005 and the company's recalled baby products (including cribs and bassinets) have been a factor in 13 child deaths.
If your child has been injured because of a recalled baby product, a Philadelphia product liability lawyer can talk to you about your options for a child injury case. Your child and your family shouldn't have to suffer and pay for expensive medical bills that were caused by a manufacturer defect. Contact a Philadelphia product liability lawyer at White & Williams LLP today. We will provide a free, no obligation consultation on your case. 1-877-944-8396