Ikea is recalling tens of thousands of safety gates meant to keep small children from falling down stairs following several cases of the gates failing to stay closed. At least 18 incidents have been reported in which the safety gates, sold in Ikea stores in the U.S. and Canada and online at ikea-usa.com, did not work properly. Three children were injured, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reported Tuesday.
The gates are meant to be affixed in doorways or in front of staircases. However, a mechanism to keep the gate upright doesn't work as intended. “The friction between the wall and the pressure-mounted safety gate is insufficient to hold the gate in its intended position, posing a fall hazard,” a statement from the safety commission read. “In addition, the lower metal bar can be a tripping hazard.” Ikea has recalled about 58,000 safety gates in the U.S. and 17,000 in Canada.
The steel and plastic gates are white and measure about 29 inches high. They retailed for about $35 and were sold between August 1995 and February 2015. Federal safety officials have encouraged anyone who purchased the gate to return it to any Ikea location for a full refund, or to contact Ikea to receive new instructions on securing the gate. Customers can call Ikea at (888) 966-4532.
Here is a full list of the products affected by the Ikea recall. The article numbers can be found on a permanent label attached to the metal bar at the base of the gate.
This isn’t Ikea's first recall in 2015. The Swedish retail company recalled nearly 170,000 crib mattresses in January over fears that they could trap infants in the gap between the mattress and the end of the crib.