Retailers have recalled 400,000 Simplicity Drop Side Cribs due to the risk of death from suffocation. The crib's plastic hardware can break or deform, causing the drop side to detach and create a space between the drop side and the crib mattress. If infants and toddlers become entrapped in this space, they can suffocate.
CPSC has received one report of death due to suffocation and twenty-five other incident reports involving detaching drop sides.
This is yet another in a series of recent Simplicity recalls, and takes all Simplicity dropside cribs off the market. For a complete list, view the CPSC chart. You can read about Simplicity's troubled history in a Chicago Tribune article on deadly cribs. Because the company is out of business and unavailable for contact, CPSC advises consumers to return the crib to the place of purchase for a refund, replacement, or store credit. Contact Kids In Danger if you have any questions.