WASHINGTON – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Simplicity Inc. of Reading, PA, announced that hardware repair kids are available for an estimated 1 million recalled cribs bearing the Simplicity or Graco logos.

According to the CPSC, “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 Simplicity’s hotline at (888) 858-8323. Live operators manning the hotline will provide technical assistance. The company has also developed a video of the assembly instructions on its Web site.

The CPSC said at least three deaths, seven injuries and 54 complaints have been received involving the recalled cribs. In most cases, the drop-side has detached, creating a dangerous gap that can potentially trap a child.

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