On October 8th, 2019
, IKEA issued a recalled for its MAVTRA Infant Bibs
. The bibs are meant to keep babies from spilling food and droll over themselves and their clothing
. Roughly 7,000 of the bibs were recalled due to a malfunction that can happen with the snapping button
. The button can detach from the fabric, which may cause choking to some babies.
The bibs are sold as a pair. They are blue with a green polka dot seam and red with a yellow polka dot seam
. The tag has the words MAVTRA and IKEA on it, along with the IKEA logo.
The bibs were manufactured in Vietnam, imported and distributed by IKEA Supply AG of Switzerland, and sold in IKEA stores across the world. They were also sold online at IKEA’s website. They were on sale from August 2019 through September 2019 for a mere $2.
To date, there have been two reports that the buttons on the bibs have detached
, but the reports did not come from within the United States. There have been no injuries or choking incidents reported from the detachments.
The company recommends that consumers should stop using the bibs at once and return them to the store for a full refund. However, the refund is merely $2, and it would be more beneficial for you to file a claim if your child were hurt.
Issues With Defective IKEA Bibs
Babies are generally dressed in clothing and materials that are not dangerous for them. They are known to put everything in their mouth as well, and if there are small objects around, the babies could inadvertently swallow them and choke
. The choking hazard is present on numerous labels, namely toys.
The bibs that have buttons that can detach by mistake are especially dangerous because of how close they are to the babies’ mouths. Bibs are worn during mealtimes, most often, and if a button comes off, the baby can try to eat it, the same way he would eat anything else.
A baby that is choking is at a high risk of death. There will not be any loud noises, and the baby cannot go to find help or draw attention to itself. Thousands of babies die each year from choking on small items; parents should always keep an extremely close eye on the infants to ensure they are safe if they have bibs on.
It is best to acquire bibs that are slip-on instead of button-on. You will then fully avoid the potential trouble of any buttons falling off and posing choking hazards to your children.
If your child suffered a choking incident from an IKEA bib, contact our product liability attorneys
today for assistance.
How to File a Product Liability Claim
If you do not have any experience in the law, you may not know how to file a product liability lawsuit
. We will make sure that your cse is handled professionally and smoothly, but in order for this to happen, there needs to be adequate evidence. You should make sure to follow these steps after your child experienced a choking accident on an IKEA bib:
First, bring your child to the doctor
. It is extremely important to make sure that your child has not suffered any injuries or damages; the longer you wait, the more likely it is that your child’s injuries will worsen. Further, a gap between the incident and the treatment can indicate to the insurance agent that there was another incident that happened in the meantime, and you are simply trying to blame the incident on the bib. To avoid this, be swift and punctual with the medical treatment. Further, do not leave the hospital without collecting everything possible, such as receipts, medical notes, insurance statements, prescriptions, and more.
Next, take photos of the bib and the button that came loose
. It is very important that you document as much as you can. You can take photos of any injuries your child suffered as well, but a choking injury is generally invisible to the naked eye.
It is very important that you do not return the item to IKEA for a refund
. You will need it in order to provide key evidence for your case. Further, if you receive any compensation, the store can claim that you were already compensated, and that was that.
After the bib breaks, do not try to fix it or bring it anywhere to be fixed
. Do not sew it or try to reattach the button. Do not taper with it in any way. If you do, the insurance agent can state that you messed around and caused the defect yourself, or that there is no way to see when the original issue happened.
Gather all of your receipts, proof of purchase documents, bank statements, credit card statements, or anything else that can show that you purchased the bib.
If there were any people in your home who saw the choking happen or who could testify that the choking occurred because of a loose or detached button, you could add their statements and testimonies to your claim.
Once you have collected your proof, you should search for a product liability lawyer in Los Angeles who can sue IKEA for a defective bib. In order to sue, you will have to prove that there was some kind of issue with the item. There are three ways you can do this:
- The bib was designed poorly and had a flaw from its inception
- The bib used poor materials or was manufactured wrongly
- The bib did not have any hazard signs on the item or on the packaging to warn parents about the choking hazard
Because the bib buttons could detach, it was likely a manufacturing error that caused them to stop working and start falling off.
Learn more about your options for compensation by calling (888) 649-7166.
Upon collecting all of this evidence, you should reach out to a product liability lawyer. We will put your evidence together and submit it to the insurance agency. Our goal is to ensure that you do not have to spend a lot of time and energy on the case. We have the necessary experience that you might be lacking to win your claim, so you can give us a call for more assistance.
Restitution From A Product Liability Case Against IKEA
The value of a product liability case
is determined by the insurance agent’s interpretation of your injuries and how much of an effect they had on your life and career. If your child was seriously injured you could receive a fair amount of compensation. We will see to it that you are given the maximum settlement available under the law, which can include:
- Medical bills from the past and future for treatments
- Lost income and wages from time you could not go to work because of the care you exerted for your child
- Property damage if any items were lost or damaged in the incident
- Pain and suffering damages for trauma
In the worst cases, your child could pass away due to a choking accident. If this happens, you could acquire wrongful death damages, which would include pre-death pain and suffering and medical bills, funeral and burial fees, and more.
Do not let your child’s choking accident go away in vain. IKEA should be held properly accountable if they sold broken bibs, and we will help you win your case.
Find out more about how we can help you. Call (888) 649-7166 to speak with a representative now.
Statute Of Limitations On Product Liability Lawsuits
The statute of limitations to file a product liability claim in California
is 2 years from the date of the injury. If you do not file a lawsuit within this time, you won’t be able to collect any compensation at all. It is important that you sue quickly so all evidence is preserved.
If the defendant has left the state, the statute could be extended. Because you will be filing on behalf of your child, you will not be eligible for many other exceptions or extensions, if any.
How We Help
The Downtown LA Law Group
has a team of expert product liability attorneys at your disposal. We have years of experience in such cases and know the most successful strategies. Our track record proves that we know how to win, and our case results speak for themselves. We are aggressive and relentless in our pursuit of justice and your restitution, and we are willing to go to court if we have to.
Contact our offices today for a free legal consultation to discuss your claim. We will talk about how much it may be worth, what you can expect in the process, and how to move forward. If you have any questions, feel free to ask us
. We will also give you more details about our zero fee guarantee. This says that you won’t have to spend any money on the case. We will cover all the expenses ourselves, and if we win, we get repaid as part of the settlement from IKEA. If we lose, we do not get paid anything.
Let our law firm, the DTLA Law Group, help you sue IKEA for a defective bib in a product liability lawsuit