A day after US toy giant Mattel apologised to China for the massive recall of
China-made toys, including some that met US safety standards, US authorities announced
a recall of a million cribs made in China after at least three babies became trapped
US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has ordered the recall of older-style
`Simplicity cots'' and Graco cribs sold by Simplicity Inc after three children
got entrapped and suffocated to death.
recall comes more than two years after a California lawyer alerted the US federal
agency about a 9-month-old who died in a faulty crib whose drop-side could became
detached, creating a gap that trapped the child.
commission said there were also seven other reported cases where babies had become
trapped in their cribs while more than 60 other incidents had been reported.
all three deaths, consumers had installed the drop-rail side of the crib upside
down, the agency said. This creates a gap in the crib that children can slide
into and suffocate.
cribs "were sold in department stores, children''s stores and mass merchandisers
nationwide from January 1998 through May 2007 for between $100 and $300",
the commission said in a statement.
has asked consumers to "check to see if their crib contains the recalled
hardware. Recalled hardware has a flexible tab at the bottom of the lower tracks
and the top of the lower tracks are open. Newer hardware, which is not subject
to the recall, has the flexible tab located at the top of the lower track, and
a permanent stop at the bottom."
is warning parents and caregivers to check all Simplicity cribs to make sure the
drop-side is installed right side up," the statement said.
drop-side failures result from both the hardware and crib design, which allow
consumers to unintentionally install the drop-side upside down. This, in turn,
can weaken the hardware and cause the drop-side to detach from the crib. When
the drop-side detaches, it creates a gap in which infants can become entrapped,"
Pennsyilvania-based Simplicity Inc, manufacturers of the cribs, got them made
in China. The recalled cribs were sold under the Simplicity or Graco brands, from
January 1998 through May 2007.
recall involves multiple models and model numbers.
president Ken Waldman said the newer model cribs are safe, even though the 1-year-old
died in one of the updated versions.
strives to make safe products; that is our number one priority. That''s why we
worked with the CPSC to take this action," Ken Waldman, the President of
Pennsylvania-based Simplicity, said in a statement.
recall is set to again rattle US consumers about the safety of Chinese products
after a series of scares involving popular toys.