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Baby Pool Floats and 'Simplicity' Cribs Recalled

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By David Goguen on July 02, 2009 11:48 AM

Two large-scale recalls have been announced today, involving products that pose serious dangers to kids: 4 million baby pool floats manufactured by Aqua-Leisure Industries, and 400,000 cribs made by Simplicity Inc. Get the recall details below, including the latest information from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Aqua-Leisure Industries Baby Floats. About 4 million inflatable baby floats are being recalled by Aqua-Leisure Industries, based in Avon, Massachusetts. The company has received 31 reports of leg straps on the floats tearing, causing children to fall into the water. There have been no injuries or deaths reported, but the defect poses an obvious drowning risk.

At least 14 different styles of the Aqua-Leisure floats are affected by the recall. The floats were sold at retailers nationwide -- including Target, Toys 'R' Us, and Wal-Mart -- between December 2002 and June 2009, for between $8 and $15, according to the CPSC. See the CPSC Press Release on the Aqua-Leisure Baby Float Recall for detailed product information and instructions for parents and caregivers.

Simplicity Drop Side Cribs. About 400,000 Simplicity Drop Side cribs are being recalled, because plastic hardware on the crib can break or warp and cause the drop side to detach, creating a gap between crib and mattress that poses an entrapment or suffocation risk for infants and toddlers. CPSC reports that one infant death has been linked to the defect.

The recalled Simplicity cribs were sold at department and children's stores nationwide between January 2005 and June 2009, for between $150 and $300, CPSC says. See the CPSC Press Release on the Simplicity Crib Recall for detailed information and instructions.

Today's crib recall is only the latest in a line of problems with kids' products manufactured by Simplicity Inc. In all, recalled Simplicity cribs and bassinets have caused the deaths of at least 13 children in recent years, according to the CPSC.

So the agency is urging parents, caregivers, online sellers, and second-hand store owners to make sure they're not using or selling any recalled Simplicity products. Check this CPSC Press Release for detailed information on recalled Simplicity cribs, bassinets, and play yards.

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