Ikea recalls safety gates after children fall down stairs

CONSHOOCKEN, Penn. (WTNH) — Consumers are being warned about two types of safety gates sold at IKEA stores that are being recalled nationwide.

Officials from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission have reported 18 incidents worldwide where people have been injured due to the fall hazard of Patrull Klamma and Patrull Smidig pressure-mounted safety gates. Three of those incidents involved children getting hurt from falling down stairs.  Reports show that no injuries have been reported in the U.S.

IKEA is recalling 58,000 safety gates in the U.S. and 17,000 in Canada. The safety gates are manufactured in Denmark and are imported in Conshohocken, Penn.

According to officials, 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. They say the lower metal bar can also be a tripping hazard. And with enough pressure, these gates will fall over.

Safety experts say consumers should stop using the safety gate if they have one and return it to any IKEA store for a full refund. Consumers are urged to contact IKEA for updated user instructions and warning labels if they want to keep and use their Patrull Klamma or Smidig safety gate specifically for doorways between rooms or at the bottom of a staircase.

These safety gates are described as white, made of steel and plastic, and measure about 29 inches high with an adjustable width from about 29 inches to 34 inches. The gate has a spring mechanism that fits between the two sides of the door frame to hold the gate in place. A permanent label is attached to the metal bar at the bottom of the safety gate containing an article number.

Gates with the following article numbers are recalled:

  • 302-265-21
  • 500-375-67
  • 501-919-50
  • 655-517-10
  • 700-989-65
  • 901-136-01

These safety gates have been sold at IKEA stores nationwide and online at www.ikea-usa.com from Aug. 1995 though Feb. 2015. They cost about $35.

If you’re looking for more information, you can go to Health Canada’s full press release.

 

 

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