IKEA is recalling almost 17,000 water dispensers after two dogs were killed by the dispensers. The dispensers retailed for $7.99 and were a new addition to the store. The dispensers had a large, clear container that attached to a drinking bowl and refilled it as needed.
However, the inverted tank could entrap smaller pets’ heads and posed a major safety risk to them. Two dogs were killed by the dispensers after getting their heads stuck inside the dispensers and suffocating. IKEA is asking all customers to stop using the dispensers immediately and return them for a refund. The dispensers were sold between October 2017 and June 2018. According to the company, a veterinarian helped design its collection of pet products, including beds, leashes, toys, and more.
Companies have a duty to manufacture products which are safe for their intended uses. If a product is not safe and it harms a consumer, the company can be held liable for damages, including medical expenses, pain and suffering, and more. Unfortunately, many companies do not issue recalls quickly, and in fact can hide issues with their products in order to save money and to save their reputations.If you have been harmed by a consumer product, you should speak with an attorney. If you’re in the Houston area, call the Houston product liability attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707. We can help. Call today to learn more or to schedule a free consultation, or visit us on YouTube to learn more.