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I Thought I Bought a Safe One!

This post is a follow-up on the He-Man post. If you haven’t read the He-Man post, you may want to read that first.

Just to sum things up really quick, we bought my son a 4-in-1 crib that would convert from a crib to a toddler bed, daybed, and full size bed. At the beginning of the year, we converted it from a crib to a toddler bed. Earlier this week, my son had an incident with the safety rails on the toddler bed, which caused me to be concerned about the overall safety of the bed.

I tried to call Simplicity for Children, the manufacturer of my son’s bed, to report what happened. However, when I called the number listed on the bed and on the website, I heard a recording that said the number I dialed was invalid. What?? No other number was given. Simplicity for Children had gone out of business. I quickly discovered why.

Simplicity for Children has SEVERAL recalls out on their products. Here are a few:

http://www.cpsc.gov/en/newsroom/news-releases/2008/infants-strangled-to-death-in-simplicity-bassinets-cpsc-urges-consumers-to-stop-using-simplicity-3-in-1-and-4-in-1-convertible-close-sleeper-models/ – Bassinet recall

http://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2007/Simplicity-Recalls-Cribs-Due-to-Fall-Entrapment-and-Choking-Hazards/ – Nursery in a box recall

http://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2009/Simplicity-Drop-Side-Cribs-Recalled-by-Retailers-Due-to-Risk-of-Death-from-Suffocation/ – Cribs with drop side rails recall

http://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2009/Simplicity-Drop-Side-Cribs-Recalled-by-Retailers-Due-to-Risk-of-Death-from-Suffocation/ – Rainforest play yards recall

Simplicity for Children’s safety record is unacceptable. These recalls occurred after we purchased my son’s bed, so I was not aware that they had so many issues.

I called Target, which is where I bought the crib from, and they took a safety report from me. I was told that my son’s bed had been withdrawn from the market. However, I have recently seen it in stores and it is still available for sale online. The reprensentative recommended that I call the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and make a report.

I called the CPSC and made my report. I was told that I will receive a copy of the report within 4-6 weeks. I must sign the report and turn it back in so that an investigation by the Technical Staff can begin to determine if my son’s bed should be recalled.

When I called Target and the CPSC, both of the representatives were well aware of all of the drama going on with Simplicity for Children’s products. The strange thing was that they didn’t seem to care as much after they found out my child was not hurt. I feel that it’s just as important to report it because it can save another child from getting seriously hurt. I feel bad for the parents of children that were injured or died while sleeping in a product made by Simplicity for Children.

Here are a few tips:

1. If you are buying a crib, play yard, or bassinet for a child, PLEASE make sure that you check the consumer safety ratings. Do not buy any of the above items without researching it first!

2. Make sure the company is reputable. DO NOT purchase products by Simplicity for Children. They don’t even have the decency to respond to complaints that are coming up about their products! They have left the consumer out in the cold and are relying on vendors to correct their mess. Unacceptable!!!

3. Always register your product so that you can be notified if there is a recall.

4. Don’t hesitate to report any thing out of the ordinary with your child’s bed, toys, or any other thing that your child uses regularly, even if it seems small. You could be saving a child’s life and not even know it.

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  • Kennisha Hill April 18, 2009, 11:36 AM

    Excellent post and thanks for the warning Tonya. That is such a crazy attitude they had. I’m sorry to hear you went through that. Thanks again for the Warning!

    Have a great weekend,

  • Krystal April 17, 2009, 11:44 AM

    Good post.

    You know, most of the time, before I buy something, I’ll check amazon for the CUSTOMER SATISFACTION rating. But it never really occurred to me, when I buy kids stuff, to check the SAFETY RATING. Big difference, huh?

    That’s important. I’ll keep that in mind from here on out.

    Still, it’s good to know that your little prince was not hurt, despite what seems to be gross negligence on others’ part.

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