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Repair Kits Ready To Be Sent To Parents and Caregivers With Recalled Simplicity Cribs [11/24/2007]
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in cooperation with Simplicity Inc., of Reading, Pa., is announcing today that a remedy is now available for parents and caregivers who were impacted by the September 21, 2007, voluntary recall of about 1 million Simplicity and Graco logo cribs with older hardware. Simplicity will provide consumers with a repair kit that immobilizes the drop-side. After an intensive effort to develop a repair that would allow safe use of the drop-side, CPSC staff and Simplicity have determined that the safest repair option is to immobilize the drop-side. This repair program will be monitored by CPSC staff and is intended to reduce the risk of death or serious injury to infants.

The free repair kit will be sent to crib owners who have pre-registered or who register now on Simplicity's Web site (www.simplicityforchildren.com) or through Simplicity's hotline at (888) 593-9274. In addition, consumers will be offered a rebate coupon for a future purchase as an incentive to return a reply card indicating that they have successfully installed the repair hardware.

Simplicity will also have live operators available at (800) 858-8323 to provide technical assistance to consumers and will make a video version of the assembly instructions available at www.simplicityforchildren.com.

Consumers who, due to the condition of their crib, believe they are unable to take advantage of the repair kit should immediately call Simplicity at (800) 858-8323 to address their concern.

The hazard with the recalled crib is that the drop-side can detach, which creates a dangerous gap and can lead to the entrapment and suffocation of infants. CPSC and Simplicity are aware of three deaths in Simplicity manufactured cribs with older style hardware, as well as seven infant entrapments and 56 incidents with these cribs.

The Simplicity crib models with recalled hardware include: Aspen 3 in 1, Aspen 4 in 1, Nursery-in-a-Box, Crib N Changer Combo, Chelsea and Pooh 4 in 1. The recall also involves the following Simplicity cribs that used the Graco logo: Aspen 3 in 1, Ultra 3 in 1, Ultra 4 in 1, Ultra 5 in 1, Whitney and the Trio.

To determine what type of hardware is on their crib, all Simplicity consumers should call the Simplicity hotline, visit www.simplicityforchildren.com, or refer to the hardware photos in the press release.

WARNING: DO NOT use the repair kit on a crib that has not been recalled.

To see this release on CPSC's web site, including pictures of the recalled products, please go to: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml08/08043.html




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