Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) May 2, 2011 – If it is not strangulation cited as the reason for recalling children’s accessories, it may be suffocation and entrapment. This newest recall involves cribs.
“It’s frightening how many products for kids have been recalled within the last few months alone. It calls into question who is making them and who is testing them. How could they possibly miss the fact that a child could slip between crib bars and become trapped and suffocate?” asked Daren Monroe, who writes for Litigation Funding Corporation, Southfield, Michigan. “Who does the testing for things like this and allows questionable products to flood the marketplace?”
In what may be the tip of the iceberg when it comes to kid’s accessory recalls, IKEA is calling back over 26,000 Sniglar cribs in the U.S. and Canada due to the possibility of entrapment and suffocation. It turns out that the bolts provided with the crib, which are supposed to hold the mattress in place, are not long enough. This causes the mattress support to come away from the crib sides and collapse, possibly trapping a baby between the mattress and the bars. The crib is the Sniglar non-drop-side, full-size crib, model number 60091931.
“The company advises if the support bolts do extend through the nut, they are safe and it is not included in the recall. It is only models where the bolts are too short to go through the mattresses that are involved,” Monroe said. The company is offering a free repair kit to fix the problem.
“While it’s vital that the company did issue a recall for these cribs, what happens if a family that bought one does not hear about the recall or got their crib from a friend as a gift and they have no idea there is a problem – until something bad happens?” Monroe said. The reality is that despite a recall being in place, not everyone may hear about it. Any serious injuries or fatalities as a result of this defective product would likely be the manufacturer’s responsibility.
When it comes to defective product lawsuits, often the case is slow to get to court because of the massive amount of detail needed to put together a case like this. The family would, while they were waiting for justice, need money to pay their medical bills for any injuries their child may have sustained, plus cash to deal with their usual bills, like the rent, mortgage, car payments, credit card debt and tuition.
They could find fast cash to handle their bills by applying for pre-settlement funding. Litigation financing has not been around all that long, but it is increasingly being accessed by cash strapped plaintiffs who need money quickly to handle their financial problems, brought on as a result of an accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence. “Why not give it a shot if you need money to pay your bills until your lawyer gets your case to court?” Monroe said.
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