I can't say I was surprised, a few days ago, when I saw Monroe's little bouncy seat had come detached from its frame, causing him to slide harmlessly a few inches onto the floor. But Simplicity Inc., the manufacturer of all the cribs under recall, shouldn't have been surprised, either, that parents put the drop-rail side of the crib on upside down. Let's review: parents are sleep-deprived. Parents are not necessarily mechanically-inclined to begin with! It is horribly unfair to expect parents, in their largely mentally-imbalanced state, to have to do everything right in order to keep their babies alive.
Now two sets of parents have to live with the guilt that they put their baby's cribs together incorrectly, which allowed their infants to become trapped in a gap and suffocate. Recalls? I only wish we could do take-backs, do-overs, when it came to the life of a baby.
The cribs under recall were sold nationwide in the U.S. between January 1998 and May 2007. While Simplicity says that none of the products in stores now are included, it's certainly the case that homes of friends and neighbors probably do carry these beds. And in the months and years to come, I can only imagine how many of them will appear in garage sales, craigslist ads, and thrift stores in every city, town and 'burb. I only hope the parents who pick them up, pleased with the bargain, aren't sleep-deprived yet.