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European edition, Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Baby cribs blamed for two infant deaths have been recalled, AAFES officials said Tuesday.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission on Monday recalled 1 million cribs made by Simplicity Inc., of Reading, Pa., that also were branded under the Graco name from January 1998 to May 2007.

The Army and Air Force Exchange Service sold two of the models, No. 8750H and 8750W, through its catalog and Web site but not at stores, AAFES officials said.

If the drop-rail side detaches from the crib, it creates a gap that can trap and suffocate infants, according to the safety commission.

A 9-month-old and a 6-month- old died in the Chinese-manufactured Simplicity cribs with the drop-rail side installed upside down. Fifty-five other accidents, including seven trapped infants, also have been reported to the safety commission.

Crib owners should immediately make sure that the drop-rail side is installed right-side up, according to the safety commission. The slightly rounded rail with a decorative groove should be on top and the plain rail should be on the bottom. The drop side should be attached to tracks on all four corners.

The crib has a flexible tab at the bottom of a lower track, while the top of the lower track is open.

Consumers can get a free repair by contacting Simplicity at www.simplicityforchildren.com.

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