Every parent knows there is nothing more worrisome than the first few nights you leave your newborn in his or her crib alone during the night while you sleep. With all the warnings about sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), or crib death, as it is sometimes called, and the news about defective cribs and baby products in general, the fear is understandable and precautions are warranted.
According to a recent article from WRAL, IKEA has recently expanded a recall of crib mattresses sold in its stores and online to parents across the county.
The first recall was made after two reports that babies became trapped between the mattresses and the ends of the cribs. It should be noted, there were no injuries in connection with these two reports. However, since there is an obvious danger to an infant being trapped by his or her mattress, the Consumer Products Safety Commission coordinated the recall with Ikea, and this involved recalling around 169,000 units from stores and homes around the nation.
After additional investigation, the agency determined the manufacturer need to recall many more defective and potentially dangerous cribs in the Untied States and Canada, bringing the total number of recalled cribs up to around 300,000.
One of the major problems with any type of recall is that, if parents or other customers did not fill out the registration card that came with the crib mattress (most do not) and did not see a news report about the recall, they likely have no idea there may a be potentially dangerous defect with the crib in which their infant or toddler is sleeping every night.
Our Rock Hill personal injury attorneys urge any parents with an Ikea crib mattress to check to see if their infant’s model is one subject to recall. While there are specific brand names and models listed on both the company’s and the Consumer Products Safety Commission’s respective websites, you should inspect your child’s crib to see if there is a gap larger than the width of two fingers between the mattress and the end of the crib. If such a gap is present, you may have a dangerous or defective crib mattress and should stop using the mattress immediately and contact the company for a refund.
If your child was injured as a result of any defective product, you should consult with an experienced products liability attorney as soon as possible. With the case of a nationwide recall, there may already be ongoing litigation filed by or on behalf of injured plaintiffs, and what happens in their cases may affect your rights in a later filed case. It is best to be proactive and not wait until it is too late to seek a full and appropriate recovery.
In the case of serious injuries to children, parents are not only dealing with already existing medical bills and pain and suffering, but a child may require a long future of expensive ongoing medical treatment, and you should discuss compensation for this with your personal injury lawyer.
Contact the Rock Hill injury lawyers at the Lee Law Offices by calling 800-887-1965.
IKEA expands its recall of crib mattresses , May 1, 2015, WRAL
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