Ikea has recalled the VYSSA crib mattress because it can create a gap between the mattress and the crib ends larger than allowed by U.S. federal regulations. If a baby got his or her head stuck in this gap, it could cause serious injury or death.
The recall involves about 169,000 IKEA VYSSA-style crib mattresses with the following five model names: VACKERT, VINKA, SPELEVINK, SLÖA and SLUMMER. They were made on May 4, 2014 or earlier.
If the recalled mattresses were made before May 5, 2014, why did it take the company until January of 2015 to recall the product?
Why was the product ever sold to the public? Didn’t Ikea take measurements to make sure the mattress met safety standards?
According to the company, “a gap between the mattress and crib ends larger than two finger width is an indication of the defective mattress.” If it is that easy, it seems outrageous that this product was ever sold.
To date, Ikea has received two reports of infants, neither injured, becoming entrapped between the mattress and an end of the crib. So it took babies being put in harms way for them to discover there was a problem?
This highlights the need for better product testing in the United States, particularly for baby products.