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Product recall of Ikea crib mattress expanded

Everyday consumers use items without stopping to think about the potential risks or dangers they could pose. While it is often the case that consumers are able to safely use tools, home goods, electronics, automobiles and other common products without any problems, there is a chance that a relatively safe product could be defective. This not only deems the product damaged or broken but could also make it a dangerous product.

Due to reported incidents and injuries, Ikea recently expanded its product recall for a crib mattress, impacting consumers in Pennsylvania and several other states. According to reports, it was determined that the mattress could cause a child to become entrapped. Moreover, this defect could lead to consumer injuries. Two injury reports have been made at this time.

This recall impacts roughly 300,000 of Ikea's Sultan and Vyssa crib mattresses. Reports indicated that the mattress could cause a gap between the end of the crib and the mattress that is larger than federal regulations allow. Because of this, the mattress poses a risk of entrapment.

Consumers are urged to stop usage of these two mattresses and inspect them for gaps. Consumers believing they have a defective mattress should return the mattress for a refund.

While product recalls seek to alert consumers about potential risks and dangers a defective product might pose, this unfortunately does not reach all consumers. An injured consumer should understand that he or she has options if a dangerous or defective product causes him or her harm or injuries. A product liability suit is a civil action that could provide an injured consumer with compensation to cover the losses and damages caused by the defected product.

Source: Local21news.com, "Ikea expands mattress recall," May 4, 2015

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