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Crib recall: Way too little, way too late.

by Dave Konkel [Moderator] / September 23, 2007 5:01 AM PDT
Federal regulators slow to act on crib recall; Damaged unit not inspected after '05 death.

>> Sacramento County Coroner's Office clearly show where it came apart. The drop rail had detached from its plastic track, creating a gap through which the 9-month-old boy slipped feet-first. Instead of falling to the floor, Liam got his head stuck between the rail and the mattress. Trapped in a hanging position, the boy asphyxiated.

Liam's April 2005 death in a Simplicity crib prompted an investigation by a federal consumer watchdog agency and a family lawsuit against the manufacturer. But Simplicity and the Consumer Product Safety Commission didn't warn parents across the country about this potentially fatal flaw ? not after Liam's death, not after more complaints about the crib rails and not after another infant died last year.

Once the Chicago Tribune began questioning the company and the agency this month, a massive recall of Simplicity cribs followed. On Friday, the CPSC took action on 1 million cribs, including the model that the Johns family used for Liam. It is the largest recall of full-size cribs in the agency's history. <<

Of course, it doesn't help that the safety testing lab is down to one full-time employee and a single-room office....

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Of course the main news story was they were made in China
by Diana Forum moderator / September 23, 2007 5:05 AM PDT

Turns out the drop-down portion of the crib can be installed upside down - a design flaw - which causes the problem.

Diana

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South Park...Blame Canada.....Blame China?
by JP Bill / September 23, 2007 5:17 AM PDT
Mattel Apologizes to China Over Recalls

On Friday, Debrowski acknowledged that the "vast majority of those products that were recalled were the result of a design flaw in Mattel's design, not through a manufacturing flaw in China's manufacturers."

Some parts of the article say/hint mattel taking blame in order to prevent increase of taxes in China.
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But the design flaw was American, Diana.

Though it's possible that the confusing instructions were in Chinglish. But most news reports indicate that unlike the Mattel recalls, this one doesn't really have anything to do with Chinese manufacture. Incidentally, I'm surprised that this QC problem doesn't seem to be having any impact on the Chinese stock market. I'm watching for that very carefully, as I have some of my 401k in the Matthews China Fund.

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I know
by Diana Forum moderator / September 23, 2007 5:24 AM PDT

Sorry if there was confusion about that. I was trying to say that it wasn't China's fault this time.

Diana

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One should be quick to note that ...
by Edward ODaniel / September 25, 2007 10:36 AM PDT
"the confusing instructions were in Chinglish" is a rather RACIST as well as unnecessary remark - especially by someone who seems to think racism is so repugnant that he makes such remarks as it's old-fashioned racism, pure and simple.

With so many examples over the years is hypocrite now spelled out in six letters beginning with a K? SHAME on you!
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Oops -- forgot to provide password; sorry!
by Dave Konkel [Moderator] / September 23, 2007 5:12 AM PDT

(Chronicle login: semods4@yahoo.com; pw = speakeasy)

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There were safety warnings.....
by Angeline Booher / September 23, 2007 5:17 AM PDT

..... even before I bought a crib over 20 years ago. I wanted it to have in my home for when my granddaughter visited.

Another thing to watch is to be sure the mattress fits properly so there is not a gap.


Angeline
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