IKEA Safety Gates Recalled For Failing Locking Mechanisms
More than 80,000 safety gates sold exclusively at IKEA stores have been recalled, following dozens of reports involving problems where the locking mechanisms failed, which has resulted in multiple fall injuries involving small children and other consumers.
The IKEA safety gate recall was announced by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) on July 14, following at least 55 consumer complaints of the gates locking mechanism opening unexpectedly, resulting in at least 10 injuries; including two concussions, cuts and contusions.
The safety gates and extensions are being recalled due to a risk that the locking mechanism may open unexpectedly, which can result in users and children falling and potentially hurting themselves. The gates’ locking mechanism has also been reportedly opened by children, who suffered fall injuries.
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The recall includes an estimated 80,000 IKEA PATRULL safety gates with Article Number 702.390.98, PATRULL safety gate extensions with Article Number 602.651.44, PATRULL Fast safety gates with Article Number 700.377.26 and 702.265.19, PATRULL Fast safety gates with Article Numbers 300.375.68, 700.989.51, 701.135.98, and 901.919.53, PATRULL KLAMMA safety gates with Article Number 302.265.21, and PATRULL KLAMMA safety gate extensions with Article Numbers 302.651.45 and 902.265.23.
The safety gates and extensions are white and made of beechwood or steel and plastic and have pressure mounted gates that open both inward and outward. The gates measure a little over 28 inches high and have an adjustable width ranging from 28 to 34 inches. The extensions measure about 28 inches high and have an adjustable width ranging from 2 ½ inches to 5 inches. The gates have a permanent label attached to the metal bar at the bottom of the safety gate containing the manufacturer name “IKEA” and corresponding article number.
The recalled IKEA gates and extensions were manufactured in Denmark under IKEA North America Services LLC, of Conshohocken, Pennsylvania. They were sold exclusively in IKEA stores nationwide and online at www.ikea-usa.com from August 1995 through June 2016 for between $10 and $60.
Of the estimated 80,000 gates and extensions being recalled, about 52,000 were sold in the United States and another 28,000 were distributed for sale in Canada.
Another IKEA safety gate recall affecting roughly 75,000 PATRULL KLAMMA gates was issued in May 2015, following reports that they fell over when they should have been securely mounted to the wall. The recall was initiated after the CPSC received 18 incident reports of the gates falling, resulting in three children sustaining injuries from falling down stairs that the gates were blocking.
IKEA is asking consumers to stop using the gates and extensions immediately and return them to any IKEA store for a full refund. Customers may also visit www.ikea-usa.com and navigate to the recall link at the bottom of the page for additional information.
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