Saturday 14 December 2019

Ikea recalls up to 5,000 ‘unreliable’ child safety gates sold to Irish customers after children fall down stairs

The Patrull Safety Gate is recalled from Ikea
The Patrull Safety Gate is recalled from Ikea

Allison Bray

IKEA has issued a recall of up to 5,000 child safety gates sold in Ireland amid reports that six children globally have been injured when the locking mechanism failed.

The Swedish flat-pack giant issued a product recall of its PATRULL brand safety gates yesterday after “a third party investigation has shown that the locking mechanism is not reliable, posing a risk for small children, despite approved tests to applicable standards.”

Fortunately, there have been no reports of any children in Ireland being injured, typically by falling down stairs the gates were meant to protect, an Ikea spokesperson confirmed.

Approximately 4,600 of the gates, manufactured in Denmark, have been sold to date in Ireland, according to the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission.

The company issued a product recall after reports from some customers that the gates have “opened unexpectedly and children have fallen down the stairs. Some of the incidents have required medical attention.”

Close to 100,000 of the PATRULL safety gates have been sold around the world, along with more than two million of the PATRULL FAST brand and 744,000 of the PATRULL KLAMMA brand.

The company is urging anyone who has purchased any of the three versions of the gates to stop using them immediately and return the product to any IKEA store for a full refund. A receipt is not required.

The inherent danger posed by the product is related to the design of the locking mechanism itself and is not associated with any flaw in how the product is assembled by the consumer, the spokesperson added.

“At IKEA, we have a zero tolerance regarding child safety. We want to offer safe products and we believe that children are the most important people in the world. Whenever we are made aware of a possible safety issue with our products, we investigate thoroughly,” IKEA said in a press release.

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