Retailers Recalling Simplicity Cribs

By Annys Shin
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Nine major retailers are recalling 600,000 cribs made by Simplicity because the drop side can come off, creating a gap where infants and toddlers can become trapped and be strangled, federal safety officials are expected to announce today.

The models being recalled include the Aspen and Crib N Changer Combo, Gabrielle, Camille, Providence and Shenandoah. They were sold from January 2005 to August 2008, according to a Consumer Product Safety Commission news release.

The CPSC is advising parents to immediately stop using the cribs and find alternative safe sleeping arrangements.

The now-defunct Simplicity also made the approximately 900,000 bassinets that retailers recalled nearly three weeks ago after a second infant died in one. And the company recalled 1 million cribs in September 2007 -- the largest crib recall in U.S. history -- because of similar problems with the drop side detaching. That recall was prompted by three deaths.

The models being recalled today by discount chains such as Wal-Mart, Target and Babies R Us used a different style of hardware than the cribs recalled last year, the release said.

Simplicity's assets are now owned by SFCA, an affiliate of Blackstreet Capital, a Bethesda private-equity firm, which continues to sell cribs and other children's furniture under the Simplicity name. SFCA is cooperating with retailers in carrying out the recall.

In August, the CPSC issued a warning about the Simplicity bassinets because SFCA refused to do a recall. The company has said it did not assume legal responsibility for products made previously by Simplicity when it purchased the firm's assets in April. Retailers later agreed to carry out the bassinet recall and agreed to do today's recall as well.

Consumers should return their cribs to the store where they bought them to receive a refund or store credit.

The recalled cribs can be identified by the model name, model numbers and date codes. The recalled model numbers include: 8620, 8745, 8748, 8755, 8756, 8778, 8810, and 8994. The recalled drop side cribs have a date code, which can be found on a label on the headboard under the mattress support, which ends in 05DH, 05GB, 06DH, 06GB, 07DH or 07GB (examples: 1806 DH or 0507 GB). Only the brand name "Simplicity" can be seen on the label on the headboard. For more information, go to http://www.cpsc.gov.


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