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One of the most exciting times for families is preparing for the arrival of a newborn baby. Welcoming a little one into the home is a very important time for families because they are getting a new family member to love and take care of. Before the arrival of the baby, families go through a lot of organization and preparation to make everything is ready for when the baby is born. This can often include redoing a room into a nursery and purchasing furniture to suit the baby’s needs, such as a changing table, rocking chair, and crib. Families go through a lot of hard work to make sure that the infant will be cared for and protected, so it can be healthy and grow.

What should parents do when the items they have purchased to make their baby’s life better, are in fact dangerous and can cause injury? A recent recall covers just that issue. According to a recent article by the The Leaf Chronicle, there is a recall of Ikea crib mattresses. The reason for this recall is the potential for an entrapment hazard to infants. The crib mattresses consisted of the Vackert, Vinka, Spelevink, Sloa, and Slummer models. They were made on May 4, 2014 or earlier, and a consumer can verify if they have one of these mattresses by referring to the label attached to the mattress bearing the manufacturing date and model name. The problem lies in the fact that the gap between the mattress and crib is larger than two finger widths, which is larger than allowed by federal regulations. There have been two reports of infants who were entrapped between the mattress and the end of the crib.

Instances like this show why product liability litigation is such an important part of the law. Consumers deserve to trust that the products they are buying are suited for their purpose and free from danger. This is especially alarming because this dangerous product at issue concerns the lives of defenseless infants who are so new to the world that there is no way to comprehend they are in any sort of danger. They rely solely on their families and caregivers, who have trusted that the products they purchase for their babies are safe.
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According to the Chicago Tribune, City Council will consider an ordinance today that would ban the sale of bumper pads for children’s cribs. This comes after an investigation by the paper found a number of children died after suffocating on bumper pads. Our Chicago personal injury lawyers support this ban and hope that it will help prevent future deaths among infants and small children.

According to a Washington University School of Medicine study that appeared in The Journal of Pediatrics, the risk of injury or death from using crib bumper pads is greater than the benefits. These pads were originally designed to prevent children from falling out of cribs or getting their heads caught between slats, however subsequent regulations required manufacturers to design cribs so that the spaces were small enough to prevent children from falling out. Despite these changes, many people continued to use bumpers even though they were no longer needed.

Accidental injuries to children and death can occur from suffocation, strangulation or when a child becomes wedged in between the pad and side of the crib or mattress. Since young babies cannot roll-over or release themselves from these constraints, they are likely to suffocate.