Parents of small children may want to check the “dress up”
bin for a recently recalled product. IKEA North America Services LLC is
recalling 11,000 Children’s LATTJO Bat Cape Costumes.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the fabric
hook and loop fastener at the neck of the bat cape can fail to detach
readily during use. The defect poses a strangulation hazard to children.
IKEA has received three reports of the fastener failing to quickly detach
and scratching children’s necks. Thankfully, no serious injuries
have been reported.
For parents who are concerned that they may own the dangerous costumes,
they were sold at IKEA stores nationwide and online from November 2015
through February 2016 for approximately $13. The
recall notice describes the capes as black with gray stripes and made of 100 percent polyester. They measure
30 inches long by 57 inches wide and have a fabric hook and loop fastener
closure at the neck. IKEA, LATTJO and numbers 60311650 and 18937 are printed
on a white label sewn into the seam of the cape.
Given the risk of strangulation, parents and caregivers should immediately
take the recalled bat capes away from children. They can then return the
capes to any IKEA store for a full refund.
As parents, we understand that it can be concerning to discover a product
your child uses every day has been recalled by the manufacturer. While
manufacturers are responsible for properly designing and thoroughly testing
their products, thousands of children’s product recalls occur every
year. When injuries occur due to negligently designed, manufactured or
marketed products, victims may be able to
seek compensation through a product liability lawsuit.
If your child or someone you care about has suffered serious harm due to
a defective costume or other children’s product, you may be entitled
to compensation. For more information, please contact
a San Diego product liability attorney at the Law Offices of Robert Vaage
for a free consultation.