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Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Crib recall has a sad backstory
Turns out, there's quite a backstory to the Consumer Product Safety Commission recall of one million cribs (scroll down to yesterday's blog entry). Enough that I'll bet there will be backlash for the agency.
According to the Chicago Tribune, the CPSC dragged its heels in investigating the crib death of Lian Johns who died in 2005 when the drop rail on his Simplicity crib detached from its plastic track. The baby -- he was 9-months-old -- slipped feet-first through the resulting gap, where he got trapped. He died of asphyxiation.
It's a tragic story made even more horrible because the CPSC didn't warn parents about the flaw in the crib until Friday, when the Tribune was about to publish its story which documents how an understaffed CPSC falls short in its role as watchdog.