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CPSC Warns Parents About Drop-Side Cribs

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A baby can strangle in the “V” shape when the top portion of the drop side detaches.

A baby can strangle in the “V” shape when the top portion of the drop side detaches.

As part of its commitment to ensure safe sleep for young children, CPSC is once again warning parents and caregivers about deadly hazards with drop-side cribs. In the last five years, CPSC has announced 11 recalls involving more than 7 million drop-side cribs due to suffocation and strangulation hazards created by the drop side. CPSC staff is actively investigating several other crib manufacturers for potential drop-side hazards as part of a larger effort by the agency to rid the marketplace and homes of unsafe cribs. CPSC will continue to take aggressive action to address any risks and will keep the public informed.

CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum has committed to parents and caregivers that there will be a new and vastly improved mandatory federal standard for cribs this year. The standard will incorporate, at minimum, the new voluntary standard banning drop-side cribs from the United States market. Due to the new voluntary industry standard, many manufacturers have already stopped selling drop-side cribs or will do so beginning June 1, 2010.

CPSC technical staff has determined drop-side cribs generally have a tendency to be less structurally sound than cribs with four fixed sides. Drop-side hardware is prone to break, deform or experience other problems during normal or foreseeable use. The older the crib, the more problems can be expected. When drop-side hardware breaks or deforms, the drop side can detach in one or more corners from the crib. If an infant or toddler rolls or moves into the space created by a partially detached drop side, the child can become entrapped or wedged between the crib mattress and the drop side and suffocate. Infants can also strangle in the “V” shape formed by a drop side that detaches in an upper corner.

Check your crib regularly and make sure it has not already been recalled. While CPSC staff cannot say that every drop-side crib is hazardous, based on investigations of incidents we have received, the agency believes that overall most drop-side cribs are more prone to mechanical failure than similar designed fixed-side cribs.

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Your Simplicity Crib Recall Questions Answered

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Q: I have a Simplicity Model 8997 Crib. It appears to have the same type of mattress support. I am not sure if it is included in the recall or not. I have not seen it on any of the lists. I am concerned that it is one that was missed. Has this model been evaluated? Have there been any reports of incidents? I am concerned because it does appear to have a gap between the mattress and the sides of the crib. In some areas the gap seems rather large. I would appreciate a response at your earliest convenience.

A: CPSC has heard this question many times since last week’s recall. ALL Simplicity cribs with the tubular metal mattress have been recalled. Because Simplicity is out of business, CPSC does not know all the model numbers that use the tubular metal mattress support. The model numbers listed in the recall are the ones that CPSC is certain exist, but many other model numbers are affected as well.

Q: I just found on the website that my son’s crib was recalled in September of 2008, but I had never seen anything about this until now. It has the tubular mattress support and the site says that all the cribs with this design are being recalled. What if I don’t have a receipt showing when or where it was purchased? Can I still take it back to the store where it was purchased? I don’t want to take it all apart and make a 35 minute trek to my “local” Walmart, and then be told there’s nothing they can do. Please let me know.

A: You do not need a receipt to return a recalled crib to the retailer. The recalled cribs were sold at Walmart, Target, Babies R Us and other stores nationwide. Contact the store where the crib was purchased to receive a refund, replacement crib or store credit. This Simplicity recalls chart shows you numerous Simplicity nursery products that have been recalled and what you can do. CPSC recommends that you bring the recall notice with you to the retailer when you return your crib in case the retailer has questions.

Q: Are retailers required to provide a remedy? If the retailers are not providing a remedy that I like, for instance minimal refunds, do I have any other options?

Because Simplicity is no longer in business, CPSC reached out to retailers to request they voluntarily participate in the recall. Many retailers, including those identified above, have voluntarily agreed to provide consumers with a refund, store credit or replacement crib, at their discretion. If your retailer is refusing to provide any remedy, please let us know so that CPSC staff can contact the retailer.

A company may take into account the age of a product when providing a refund or store credit.

Simplicity Crib with tubular metal mattress support

One of the bars in this Simplicity mattress support has detached. Others are bent.

Q: My crib is part of the Simplicity crib recall due to having a metal tube frame system (for the mattress to rest on). I do not have a drop rail. I checked my crib. It seems fine, no loose parts, it does not wiggle one bit when I try to move/shake it. If my crib seems structurally fine can I let my child sleep on it?

A: Do NOT continue to use this crib or any crib that has been recalled. These Simplicity drop-side and fixed side cribs have been recalled because the mattress support can collapse and pieces can bend or detach. CPSC is aware of a one-year-old who died in a fixed-side Simplicity crib. CPSC also knows of more than a dozen additional incidents involving the recalled cribs collapsing due to bending or detaching metal pieces in the mattress support frame.

Make sure to find an alternate safe sleeping environment for your child until you have a new crib in place. If your baby is less than six months old and is not yet able to push up to his/her hands and knees, you can put your baby to sleep in a bassinet. After that, you can use a play yard. Once your child is mobile and is climbing out, you can use a toddler bed or a mattress on the floor.

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Respuestas a sus preguntas acerca del retiro del mercado de las cunas Simplicity

P: Tengo una cuna Simplicity Modelo 8997. Parece tener el mismo tipo de soporte de colchón. No estoy seguro de que esté incluida en el retiro del mercado. No la he visto en ninguna de las listas. Me preocupa que no haya sido tenida en cuenta. ¿Se ha evaluado este modelo? ¿Ha habido denuncias de incidentes? Estoy preocupado porque parece haber un hueco entre el colchón y los laterales de la cuna. En algunas partes, el hueco parece ser bastante grande. Les agradecería que me respondan lo antes posible.

R: La CPSC ha escuchado esta pregunta muchas veces desde el retiro del mercado de la semana pasada. TODAS las cunas Simplicity en las que el soporte para el colchón es metálico, de tipo tubular, han sido retiradas del mercado. Dado que Simplicity ya no se encuentra en actividad, la CPSC no conoce todos los números de modelo que tienen soporte metálico, de tipo tubular, para el colchón. Los números de modelo mencionados en el retiro son los que la CPSC tiene la certeza de que existen, pero hay muchos otros números de modelo que también están afectados.

P: Acabo de descubrir en el sitio web que la cuna de mi hijo fue retirada del mercado en septiembre de 2008, pero no me había enterado de nada de esto hasta ahora. El soporte del colchón es de tipo tubular y el sitio dice que todas las cunas con este diseño están siendo retiradas del mercado. ¿Qué sucede si no tengo un recibo que indique cuándo o dónde fue comprada? ¿Puedo devolverla a la tienda donde fue comprada? No quiero desarmarla y hacer un incómodo viaje de 35 minutos hasta el Walmart “local”, para que luego me digan que no hay nada que puedan hacer. Les agradeceré que me informen al respecto.

R: No necesita un recibo para devolver una cuna retirada del mercado a la tienda minorista. Las cunas retiradas del mercado fueron vendidas en Walmart, Target, Babies R Us y otras tiendas ubicadas en distintos puntos del país. Comuníquese con la tienda en la que se haya comprado la cuna a fin de recibir un reembolso, una cuna de reemplazo o un crédito para compras futuras en la tienda. Este cuadro de retiros del mercado de productos Simplicity muestra numerosos productos Simplicity para bebé que se han retirado del mercado, y lo que usted puede hacer. La CPSC le recomienda que, cuando devuelva la cuna, lleve consigo el aviso de retiro del mercado en caso de que surjan dudas en la tienda minorista.

P: ¿Están obligadas las tiendas minoristas a ofrecer un remedio? Si la tienda minorista no ofrece un remedio que me satisface como, por ejemplo, un reembolso mínimo, ¿tengo alguna otra opción?

Dado que Simplicity ya no se encuentra en actividad, la CPSC se ha puesto en contacto con las tiendas minoristas para solicitarles que participen voluntariamente en el retiro del mercado. Muchas tiendas minoristas, incluidas las identificadas anteriormente, han aceptado voluntariamente proporcionar a los clientes un reembolso, un crédito para compras futuras en la tienda o una cuna de reemplazo, a su propio criterio. Si su tienda minorista se niega a ofrecer un remedio, le agradeceremos que nos lo haga saber para que el personal de la CPSC pueda ponerse en contacto con esa tienda.

Es posible que la compañía tome en cuenta la antigüedad del producto al ofrecer un reembolso o un crédito para compras futuras en la tienda.

Una de las barras de este soporte Simplicity para colchón se ha desprendido. Otras se han torcido.

P: Mi cuna está incluida en el retiro del mercado de cunas Simplicity porque tiene un sistema de estructura metálica tubular (en la que se apoya el colchón). No tengo una baranda móvil. He revisado mi cuna. Parece estar bien, no tiene piezas sueltas, no se zarandea cuando trato de moverla o sacudirla. Si mi cuna parece ser estructuralmente sólida, ¿puedo dejar que mi hijo duerma en ella?

R: NO siga usando esa cuna ni ninguna otra que haya sido retirada del mercado. Estas cunas Simplicity con baranda móvil y laterales fijos han sido retiradas del mercado porque el soporte para el colchón puede colapsarse y las piezas pueden torcerse o desprenderse. La CPSC sabe de un niño de un año de edad que murió en una cuna Simplicity de laterales fijos. La CPSC también tiene conocimiento de más de una docena de otros incidentes en los que las cunas retiradas del mercado se colapsaron debido a piezas metálicas torcidas o desprendidas en la estructura de apoyo del colchón.

Asegúrese de encontrar un lugar alternativo para que su hijo duerma de manera segura hasta que tenga una cuna nueva donde hacerlo. Si su bebé tiene menos de seis meses de edad y todavía no es capaz de levantarse sobre sus propias manos y pies, puede acostarlo a dormir en un moisés. Después, puede usar un corralito. Una vez que su hijo pueda andar y trepar, puede usar una cama para niños pequeños o un colchón colocado sobre el piso.

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