IKEA product recall after 'neck entanglement' reports
Published 20/03/2014 | 02:30
IKEA is recalling all children's bed canopies sold in the last 18 years because of a possible strangulation risk.
The Swedish firm took the step after receiving 11 reports of the netting being found wrapped around the necks of children – though no permanent injuries were reported.
Anyone who may have purchased one of the canopies intended to be draped around children's cots or beds have been requested to stop using it with infants and small children and to bring it back to any Ikea store for a full refund.
The furniture retailer took the move following advice from experts in risk assessment.
The affected bed canopies are Legendarisk, Minnen bed canopy set, Barnslig Boll, Minnen Brodyr, Himmel, Fabler, Tissla and Klammig.
Carol McSeveney, Ikea children's sales leader in the UK and Ireland, said they take product safety very seriously.
"That's why, as a precautionary measure due to a potential strangulation risk, we have decided to recall all children's bed canopies sold from 1996," she said.
She said that although no permanent injuries have been reported, they had received 11 reports of "neck entanglement".
"Whenever we learn that there is a possible issue with one of our products, we investigate the situation immediately and thoroughly," she said.
They had consulted leading experts in hazard identification and risk assessment who concluded that a potential risk existed when canopies are used around the cots and beds of infants and young children.
"We want to ensure the safety of all our products and in the event that a recall is necessary we always put in place actions to make sure as many people as possible are aware," said Ms McSeveney. "We ask all customers who have a children's bed canopy to stop using it and bring it back to any Ikea store where they will receive a full refund." Further information is available from Ikea's exchange and returns department in store, by calling 1890 876707 or at www.ikea.ie.