Product recalls involving products used by children are especially troubling. Late last week, Ikea recalled 169,000 crib mattresses due to the potential of entrapment.
The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”) announced the recall which involves Ikea’s Vyssa-style crib mattresses. Model names include Vackert, Vinka, Spelevink, Sloa and Slummer. The recalled mattresses were sold nationwide in Ikea stores and online between August 2010 and May 2014.
According to the CPSC the recalled mattresses can create gaps between the mattress and the cribs large enough to allow infants to become entrapped. A spokesperson for Ikea has indicated that the company has received two reports of babies becoming entrapped. Fortunately, neither of the infants was seriously injured.
Consumers who have one of the recalled mattresses are advised to cease using the mattresses immediately. The mattresses may be returned to the company for a full refund.
On average, over 2,000 product recalls take place in the United States every year. Thousands of consumers suffer injury and even death as a result of products that are defective in design and/or manufacture.
Clark, Perdue & List has recently reported on other product recalls involving products used by children: Product Recalls: Recaro Child Safety Seats Recalled; Product Recalls: Parents Urged to Discard ‘Nap Nappy’ After Reports of Infant Deaths and Deaths prompt product recalls for Ace Bayou Beanbag Chairs
The Ohio Product Recall attorneys at Clark, Perdue & List have experience representing individuals who have been injured or killed by defective products. If you or a family member has been injured by a dangerous or defective product, contact Clark, Perdue & List.