Graco Bed Recall
Special Report: Graco Bed Recall
A child between the ages of two and four may find a childrenís bed the perfect fit. But it has a hidden hazard: those little feet or hands can fit right through slats, which poses an entrapment danger.
Graco said they haven't had any fatalities with this particular product. But whenever we see broken limbs, particularly when itís in a situation where it's your bed, itís a very serious problem.
The consumer product safety commission has announced the recall of 1.2 million Graco toddler beds. There have been 77 reports of entrapments resulting in 13 broken arms and legs, one broken foot, a sprained ankle and 54 other injuries.
There is a fix being offered by the company. There is some netting that goes over the bed rail on the side so the child can not get the limb caught in the slats.
The bed was sold from February 1994 through march of 2001. During that same general period, the manufacturer failed to report other products it knew were defective. And that will cost them.
This penalty is in the amount of $4 million and is being assessed against Graco for the failure to report substantial product hazards over the course of about the last decade.
The fine is the largest ever imposed by the commission. Graco failed to report defects for 16 different products ranging from high chairs to strollers. Six children died after falling out of this model swing, which the company didn't report.
Graco has cooperated with the commission and did an internal investigation for defective products. The CPSC and Graco are finalizing corrective action and plan to announce more recalls in the near future.