Thursday, Jul. 02, 2009

Cribs Recalled After Infant Death

More than 400,000 drop-side cribs made by Simplicity were recalled on July 2, 2009, after an 8-month-old child in Houston suffocated. The Chinese-made cribs had a detachable side that easily broke, creating a gap between the side of the crib and the mattress where a child could potentially become trapped and suffocate. It wasn't Simplicity's first snafu with the cribs. In September 2008, the company recalled 600,000 cribs of the same type; in 2007 a million older-model cribs were recalled after two children became trapped and suffocated. In an interview on The Early Show, Consumer Product Safety Commission chairman Inez Tenenbaum said, "We have recalled 2 million of these in the past few years because the company would change the hardware, but it never worked."