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Furniture retailer IKEA has issued a defective product recall for about 169,000 VYSSA crib mattresses for an entrapment risk.
According to a CBS news report, the gap between the mattress and the crib is larger than what is allowed under federal regulations.
These gaps pose a hazard to babies because they could get trapped in between and suffocate.
So far, there have been two reports of infants becoming trapped between the mattress and the crib. Both babies were uninjured.
This recall involves IKEA’s VYSSA style crib mattresses with the following five names: Vackert, Vinka, Spelevink, Sloa and Slummer.
The recalled mattresses were manufactured on May 4, 2014 or earlier. The identification label attached to the mattress cover has the date of manufacturer and the VYSSA model name.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), if a gap between the mattress and crib is larger than two fingers in width, the mattress is defective.
For more information, call IKEA at 1-888-966-4532.
Injuries Caused by Nursery Products
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in 2012 there were an estimated 77,900 emergency department-treated injuries associated with nursery products among children under 5 years of age. Cribs and mattresses, high chairs, infant carriers and strollers were associated with about 67 percent of the injuries.
For the three-year period between 2008 and 2010, there were 333 deaths associated with nursery products. A majority – 89 percent – of these deaths were linked to cribs or mattresses, bassinets, play pens, car seats and baby baths. The most common cause of death was asphyxia or strangulation.
Using Caution While Buying Baby Products
New parents tend to buy a number of baby items second-hand to save money. Others accept hand-me-downs from friends or relatives or items of sentimental value that are passed down from generation to generation.
When it comes to buying cribs and crib mattresses, experts say, don’t take a chance. Only cribs made after 1992 meet current safety standards. Never buy or accept drop-side cribs. When it comes to crib mattresses, those in older cribs may not fit as tightly as they do in newer cribs.
This can be dangerous because babies could wedged between the mattress and crib edges posing a suffocation hazard. Do not buy any crib mattress that does not fit snugly in your child’s crib.
If your child has been injured as the result of a dangerous or defective product, please contact an experienced product liability lawyer who will guide you in the right direction and give you more information about pursuing your legal rights.