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.