On January 13, 2014, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with IKEA, announced a voluntary recall of Crib Mattresses Due to Risk of Entrapment. The crib mattresses could create a gap between the mattress and crib ends larger than allowed by federal regulations, posing an entrapment hazard to infants. Ikea has received two reports of infants becoming entrapped between the mattress and an end of the crib. The children were removed from the gap without injury. The mattresses were sold at IKEA stores nationwide and online at www.ikea-usa.com from August 2010 to May 2014 for about $100.
This recall involves IKEA VYSSA style crib mattresses with the following five model names: VACKERT, VINKA, SPELEVINK, SLÖA and SLUMMER. The involved mattresses were manufactured on May 4, 2014 or earlier. An identification label attached to the mattress cover has the date of manufacture in Month-DD-YYYY format and the VYSSA model name. A gap between the mattress and crib ends larger than two finger width is an indication of the defective mattress.
Consumers should inspect the recalled mattress by making sure there is no gap larger than the width of two fingers between the ends of the crib and the mattress. If any gap is larger, customers should immediately stop using the recalled mattresses and return it to any IKEA store for an exchange or a full refund. Consumers can contact IKEA toll-free at (888) 966-4532 anytime or online atwww.ikea-usa.com and click on the recall link at the top of the page for more information.
As a consumer, safety advocate, and trial lawyer, I am continually troubled by the fact that manufacturers and retailers continue to sell dangerous products. Manufacturers, in their zeal to get products on the market, often cut corners and overlook safety when designing and manufacturing products. Manufacturers have an obligation and opportunity to thoroughly assess product safety before the launch of a product. It should not take a person to get injured for a manufacturer to make a product safe.
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