Graco and Simplicity cribs recalled due to defects that can harm babies

Cranbury, N.J.-based LaJobi Inc. voluntarily recalled 217,000 of its Graco brand drop side wood crib

Cranbury, N.J.-based LaJobi Inc. voluntarily recalled 217,000 of its Graco brand drop side wood cribs Thursday, reaching out to consumers nationwide who bought the cribs from February 2007 to March 2010.

The recall comes after nearly a hundred incidents of children being put at risk for injury, strangulation and suffocation because of a hardware defect. If the lower locking tab on the drop side becomes broken or damaged it can detach from the crib in some cases causing children to become wedged in between the drop side and the crib mattress. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission also said that children can fall from the cribs when the drop side detaches or fails to lock.

The full-size cribs, which cost from $140 to $200, were made in China and Vietnam and sold at thousands of stores through national retailers and some Capital Region stores.

Consumers who bought one of the recalled cribs should stop using it immediately and contact LaJobi to receive a free hardware retrofit kit that will freeze the drop side in place. The CPSC said it urges parents and caregivers to find an alternative safe sleeping environment for their baby while they wait for the free kit, which can be ordered on LaJobi’s website at or by calling toll-free at (888) 842-2215.

Consumers can still report incidents or injuries related to the Graco cribs or involve a different hazard with the same product by visiting A full list of recent product recalls is available at

Also Thursday, the CPSC recalled Simplicity cribs. The Simplicity recall is for all of the full-sized cribs with tubular metal mattress-support frames. Those frames can bend or detach, causing the mattress to collapse and creating a space that a baby can roll into, become trapped in and suffocate.

A 1-year-old boy in North Attleboro, Mass., became trapped in his Simplicity crib and suffocated in 2008, according to the commission.

he Simplicity recall involves thousands of cribs, possibly hundreds of thousands, though many have previously been recalled for other defects. Simplicity has been the subject of almost a dozen recalls since 2005 and its cribs and bassinets have been linked to 13 deaths.

With the latest recall, nearly all Simplicity cribs have now been recalled, possibly hundreds of thousands. Simplicity and its successor company, SFCA Inc., are no longer in business, so the agency doesn’t know exactly how many cribs were sold.

“CPSC urges all parents and caregivers to not attempt to resell any Simplicity crib to a thrift store, at a yard sale or online,” said agency spokesman Scott Wolfson. “These recalled cribs have killed far too many babies and need to be kept out of homes and daycare centers.”

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