Health Canada has announced the recall of IKEA VYSSA crib mattresses. A gap larger than 3 cm between the mattress and the sides and ends of the crib poses an entrapment risk for babies. One incident in which the gap exceeded 3 cm was reported to Health Canada, and five to IKEA Canada. Thankfully, no injuries have been reported at all; but there have been enough reports of unsafe gaps that a recall has been issued.
Here are the affected models, dated “May 4, 2014” or earlier (the date has expanded since the initial recall):
IKEA has sold 63,800 VYSSA crib mattresses in-store and online since 2010.
If you have this product:
Consumers are advised to measure the gap between their IKEA VYSSA crib mattress and the sides and ends of their child’s crib. If the gap is larger than 3 cm, return the mattress to your local IKEA store for either an exchange or a full refund. For more information, call IKEA Canada at 1-800-661-9807 or visit IKEA.ca.
Here are the guidelines for measuring crib-mattress gaps, from the Health Canada website:
1. Let new mattresses air for 72 hours after unpacking. It takes 3-4 days for the mattress to assume its proper shape and volume.
2. Remove all bedding, for example fitted sheets.
3. Push the mattress into one of the corners of the crib and measure the gap between the mattress and the crib’s side and end using a measuring tape. Any gap should be less than 3 cm.