Consumer Product Safety Commission recalling about 1 million baby cribs

by Jennifer Johnson
NBC News

An urgent message from the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

It is recalling about a million cribs made by Simplicity and also sold under the Graco logo after the deaths of at least three children.

The CPSC is urging parents to check out their cribs and, if you have one that has been recalled, not to use it.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has recalled one million cribs made by Simplicity also using the Graco logo because the drop rail can become detached.  At least three children have been killed in these cribs and seven others dangerously entrapped.

Patty Davis of the Consumer Product Safety Commission says "if you are a parent who has one of these cribs in your house, check if its a recalled mode and stop using it immediately. Don't put your child in that crib, tonight."

This urgent recall came just when a Chicago Tribune investigation was to be published this weekend.  The Tribune claims it took the CPSC over two years to investigate the death of 9-month-old Liam Johns, killed after being entrapped in a Simplicity crib.

The CPSC says the timing of the recall and the Tribune article is coincidental and it won't comment on how long after Johns death they started investigating these cribs.

The Simplicity cribs were made in China but the CPSC says unlike in previous recalls, that wasn't a factor.

The flaw in design has caused some people to install the side rails upside down the rails then dislodge off their tracks and can entrap a child.

The CPSC says there are over a dozen crib models involved in this recall.  You can find a list of those cribs on their website:  http://www.cspc.gov