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Tuesday, September 25, 2007
This voluntary recall of one million cribs by Simplicity sounds pretty scary to me. Hardware installed upside down can cause the drop-side to detach from the crib, creating a gap in which a baby can become trapped. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission says two babies have died, and references 55 other "incidents" in these cribs. It makes me sick just to think about it.
The best thing to do -- right now -- is see if your drop-side is installed right side up.
Here's what a correct installation looks like:
Here's what it looks like if incorrectly installed:
There's a distinction between "older" versus "newer" style hardware on these cribs, which is a little confusing. The newer hardware is not included in the recall, although the CPSC is also investigating one death with the new hardware. The cribs in question were sold from 1998 through May 2007. Some were under the Graco logo.