Of Special Interest to Pediatric and Neonatal Staff/KidNet
MedSun: Newsletter #18, November 2007

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Recalls About 1 Million Simplicity Cribs Based on Design Failures Resulting in Infant Deaths

On September 21, 2007, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced a voluntary recall with Simplicity Inc., of Reading, Pennsylvania, of approximately 1 million cribs. These Chinese-made cribs, sold nationwide January 1998 through May 2007, have drop-side failures resulting from both the hardware and the crib design, which allow unintentional, incorrect installation. This faulty instillation can weaken the hardware and cause the drop-side to detach from the crib, creating a hazardous gap that can lead to entrapment and suffocation of infants. CPSC is aware of the deaths a 9-month-old child and a 6-month-old child, seven infant entrapments, and 55 other incidents involving these cribs.


Crib Bumpers Called Too Risky

A recent MedPage Today feature presented findings of a study on the value of baby crib bumper pads published in the September 2007 Journal of Pediatrics. The researchers concluded that the risk of death, be it small, outweighs the value of bumper pads as a cushion against bumps and bruises.

In an analysis of death certificates of children aged 1 month to 2 years in the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission database from 1985 through 2005, researchers found 27 bumper-related suffocation and strangulation deaths. This finding is at odds with the conclusion from the Juvenile Product Manufacturing Association in an unpublished review of the same database. The finding confirms, however, concerns raised by the American Academy of Pediatrics. In a companion editorial, Rachel Y. Moon, M.D., of Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., wrote, "Ever since the first crib bumper pads were sold, they have held a seemingly irresistible appeal to new parents," she said, but physicians "must continue to remind parents that when it comes to sleep time for their infants, soft and cozy do not equal safe."

Additional Information:

Consumer Product Safety Commission Recalls About 1 Million Simplicity Cribs Based on Design Failures Resulting in Infant Deaths
http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml07/07307.html

Crib Bumpers Called Too Risky
http://www.medpagetoday.com/Pediatrics/Parenting/tb/6750


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