Ikea has announced a recall of nearly 170.000 crib mattresses because infants may become trapped between the mattress and the crib.
The Swedish furniture retailer is recalling its Vyssa style mattresses, reports CNBC. The recalled mattresses were sold with the model names Vinka, Spelevink, Vackert, Sloa, and Slummer. They were made in Mexico on or before May 4, 2014.
What do consumers need to know about this crib mattress recall?
Reports of Infants Becoming Trapped
According to the Consumer Products Safety Commission, Ikea has received two reports of infants becoming trapped in the gap between the mattress and the crib. Neither of these incidents led to an injury.
But the incidents did lead to the discovery of a defect present in some mattresses. These defective mattresses create a gap between the mattress and the crib that's larger than allowed by federal regulations. In order to prevent potential injuries -- and to thwart any potential defective product injury lawsuits that could follow -- the company is recalling 169,000 mattresses that may have the reported defect.
Did You Buy a Recalled Mattress?
The Ikea Vyssa mattresses subject to the recall were manufactured on or before May 4, 2014. A label attached to the mattress will show the product's model name and manufacturing date.
The CPSC advises consumers who may have purchased a mattress to inspect the mattress, making sure that the gaps between the sides of the mattress and the crib are no larger than the width of two fingers. If a larger gap is found, consumers are advised to stop using the mattress immediately and return the product to any Ikea store for an exchange or refund. Proof of purchase is not required.
Consumers with questions can call Ikea toll-free at (888) 966-4532. Consumers are also encouraged to report any incidents involving this product to the CPSC by using the online report filing system.
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- Crib Injuries: Nearly 10,000 Babies Hurt Every Year (FindLaw's Common Law)