What To Do If Your Crib Mattress Gets Recalled

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On July 30th the Stork Craft foam crib mattress was recalled due to failure to meet the mandatory federal mattress flammability standard for open flames, posing a fire hazard.

It can be alarming or scary if one of your baby products gets recalled, especially your crib mattress. However, many times there is no cause for panic in a crib mattress recall, and often there is an easy fix. First and foremost, make sure your crib mattress is registered so if there is a recall, you will be contacted immediately by the manufacturer. I would recommend you do this for the majority of items purchased for your baby including stroller, car seat, crib, high chair, swing, etc. If you have lost or thrown away your registration cards, you can usually contact your manufacturer with the product and serial number to register that way as well.

If you find your crib mattress has been recalled, stop using the mattress immediately and contact your manufacturer to make sure you own the correct product affected by the recall. If so, the manufacturer will give you detailed instructions for a solution to the problem. For example, in the case above, a free, zippered mattress barrier cover was provided to consumers to be placed over the mattress foam core and under the white mattress cover provided with the mattress to remedy the problem.

In an example of an Ikea crib mattress recall earlier this year, the size of the mattress was an issue, and there was a risk of entrapment for the child. Consumers were advised that if there was a gap of more than 2 inches between the mattress and the crib that they should contact the store and return the product for an exchange or full refund.

If you are purchasing a used mattress, it is important to check a site like the Consumer Product Safety Commission to make sure the product was not involved in a past recall, and if it has, be sure that all the proper steps have been taken to remedy the problem. It may even be good practice to check the site every so often to make sure one of the products you own has not been recalled recently.

Before reselling or donating your crib mattress, also please make sure to remedy any problems due to a manufacturer recall as you do not want to put anyone else’s child in danger.

Have you ever had one of your baby products recalled? What did you do?