WASHINGTON – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has renewed efforts to find recalled Simplicity cribs still in use, alleging that at least 11 infant deaths are tied to the apparently defunct Reading, PA, company’s products.

CPSC said it has recently been made aware of an additional death, which occurred in September 2009, involving a 7-month-old child from Princeton, KY, who became entrapped in the crib when a part of it broke. On July 2, 2009, CPSC issued a recall describing the death of an 8-month-old child from Houston, TX, who became entrapped and suffocated between the drop side and the crib mattress when a plastic connector on the drop side broke. In addition, CPSC said it is aware of an additional 25 incidents involving the drop side detaching from the crib.

To date, CPSC has recalled over 2 million Simplicity drop side cribs due to problems with the crib’s plastic hardware. Previous Simplicity crib recalls were issued in December 2005, June 2007, September 2007, September 2008 and July 2009.

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