Liam died when he was entrapped by the defective drop-side of his crib. He was nine months old.
Submitted by his parents, Nicola and Chad
On April 11, 2005, Liam’s mother put him to bed around 8 pm; she checked on him before she went to bed and he was fine. In the morning, she went into his room but couldn’t see him at first. He was trapped between the side rail that had pushed away from the crib and the mattress. “When I walked closer I could see he was hanging. I lifted up his arms. He wasn’t breathing.” Liam was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.
Liam was a sweet nine-month-old who had just learned to roll over and sit up with pillows.
In December 2005, Simplicity recalled 600,000 Aspen 3 in 1 cribs, sold under the Graco name. But while it was the same crib that killed Liam, the recall mentioned only a faulty mattress support and not the problem with the side rail. Even after Liam’s death, Simplicity and the Consumer Product Safety Commission failed to tell parents across the country about fatal flaws with Simplicity cribs. That recall came more than 2 ½ years later after at least two other babies had died.
While CPSC was notified about Liam’s death, there was confusion over the brand because Graco, a licensed name, was the only brand on the crib.
Liam’s mother Nicola wept after hearing about the recall. “Nothing can bring Liam back, but if this saves one baby’s life, it would mean so much to me,” she said. “I feel like there is a stone or weight off my chest.”