Ikea products found to be unsafe for children

On behalf of Attwaters Jameson Hill posted in Product Liability on Monday, September 14th, 2015

Parents in Essex may want to examine their children’s furniture closely and stay up-to-date on recalls. Furniture that is flammable or unstable can cause serious injuries to infants and toddlers. Recently, 38,400 crib mattresses sold by Ikea were recalled after it was revealed that the mattresses did not comply with the open flame standard in the United States. Parents who purchased the Vyssa Spelevink mattresses will be refunded in full.

The recall of the Vyssa Spelevink mattresses comes shortly after Ikea recalled 169,000 baby mattresses due to poorly fitting mattress pads. While using the mattress pads, young infants were at risk for becoming trapped. Ikea has also faced products liability complaints after manufacturing a dangerous set of drawers that crushed two toddlers to death in 2014.

Parents who own a Vyssa Spelevink mattress will not be required to produce a receipt in order to receive a full refund. In a statement about the recall, Ikea apologized and said that the Vyssa Spelevink mattresses showed non-compliance with the U.S. open flame standard when they were tested. Ikea began selling the mattresses in 2010.

Dangerous products are sometimes imported into the U.K. from countries with more lenient safety standards. In other cases, companies fail to properly test products for compliance with local safety standards. When a dangerous product injures someone, a solicitor may be able to help the victims to pursue payments for their financial hardships. The responsible party’s insurers may be asked to cover the victim’s lost wages and other damages.

Source: Yahoo! News, “Ikea Recall Nearly 40,000 Crib Mattresses Due To Fears They Pose A Fire Hazard,” Matt Payton, Sept. 9, 2015

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