Parents of small children often use safety gates to keep children contained
in one room or prevent them from entering dangerous areas, such as stairways.
However, in order to keep children safe, safety gates must function properly.
IKEA North America Services LLC recently announced the recall of more than
50,000 PATRULL KLÄMMA and PATRULL SMIDIG Safety Gates. According
to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the friction between
the wall and the pressure-mounted safety gate is insufficient to hold
the gate in its intended position, which creates a fall hazard. In addition,
the lower metal bar can be a tripping hazard for adults passing through the gate.
CPSC reports that 18 incidents have occurred worldwide, including three incidents in
which children have been injured as a result of falling down stairs. Thankfully,
no injuries have been reported in the United States.
For parents who are concerned that they may own the defective gates, they
were sold at IKEA stores across the county and online from August 1995
through February 2015 for approximately $35. The gates are made of white
steel and plastic, and feature a spring mechanism that fits between the
two sides of the doorframe 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:
Parents and caregivers are advised to stop using the safety gate and return
it to any IKEA store for a full refund. Any PATRULL KLÄMMA /SMIDIG
safety gate extensions may also be returned for a full refund. Consumers
who want to keep their PATRULL KLÄMMA or SMIDIG safety gate for limited
use in a doorway between rooms or at the bottom of a staircase can contact
IKEA to receive free updated user instructions and new adhesive warning
labels to put on their safety gate.
If your child or someone you love has been seriously injured by a dangerous
or defective product, don’t hesitate to
contacta San Diego product liability attorney at the Law Offices of Robert Vaage for a free consultation.