According to the Boston Herald the family of a 1-year-old boy who was allegedly
asphyxiated in 2008 in a Simplicity crib has filed suit against the retailer
that sold them the product. Pennsylvania-based Simplicity and its successor
company SFCA Inc., no longer in business according to the CPSC, were also
named in the suit.
Lauren Zimmerman and Jeremy Fontaine filed a wrongful death suit against
Hayneedle, Inc. also known as Netshops, Inc., the Omaha retailer who sold
them the crib. The suit alleges that Hayneedle was grossly negligent in
failing to warn the boys' parents of the crib's "dangerous
and defective characteristics, and of the safe and proper method of assembling,
using and maintaining the crib."
This boy's death was a key factor in the U.S. Consumer Product Safety
Commission's decision to recall full-size Simplicity cribs last April
because they pose a risk of serious injury or death. The cribs' frames
can bend or detach which can lead to entrapment, strangulation, suffocation,
falling and even death.