Ikea has issued an urgent recall of three million child safety gates following reports of children falling down the stairs.
The Swedish furniture giant has received complaints of the Patrull gate models opening unexpectedly, causing severe health and safety concerns. Ikea has advised parents to stop using them immediately.
At least six children have been injured as a result of the faulty product, with some requiring medical treatment.
A third-party investigation revealed that the locking mechanism is not reliable and pose a safety risk. Also reported were cases where the friction between the wall and the pressure-mounted safety gate had been insufficient to hold the gate in its intended position, while the lower metal bar could constitute a tripping hazard.
Patrull Klamma and Patrull Fast gates have now been removed from sale in Ikea stores and its website. The items were previously on sale in all Ikea’s markets in the UK.
Maria Thorn, acting business area manager of Children's Ikea, said: “Whenever we are made aware of a possible safety issue with our products, we investigate thoroughly.
“We cannot accept that there could be a risk of injury while playing and as an immediate and precautionary action we have decided to recall all Patrull safety gates.”
A 2014 study in the US revealed that 1,800 American toddlers are admitted to hospital every year as the result of accidents involving safety gates.
Customers may return the product to any Ikea store without a receipt. Ikea have said it “apologises for any inconvenience this may cause”.
Any customers who want more information about the recall can contact Ikea on 0203 645 0010.