Parents frequently rely on safety gates to keep babies and toddlers away
from hazards, such as stairs. Accordingly, they need to function properly
to keep children safe.
Earlier this month, IKEA announced the recall of 80,000 safety gates. According
to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the defective gates
can unintentionally become unlocked, which poses a risk of falls and related
injuries. IKEA previously recalled one of the models in May in response
to reports of the gate coming unmounted from the wall.
The latest recall involves IKEA PATRULL, PATRULL FAST, and PATRULL KLÄMMA
safety gates and safety gate extensions. The defective PATRULL KLAMMA
safety gate, which was recalled in May, resulted in three children falling
down stairs. In total, IKEA has received 55 reports of incidents worldwide,
including 10 injuries that resulted in two concussions, and cuts and bruising.
The recalled safety gates and gate extensions were sold at IKEA retail
stores across the country and online at
www.ikea-usa.com from August 1995 through June 2016 for between $10 and $60. As described
in the recall notice, they are white, made of beech wood, or steel and
plastic. The pressure-mounted gates open both inward and outward. They
measure about 28 ¾ inches high with an adjustable width from about
28 ¾ inches to 34 ¼ inches. The gate extensions measure
about 28 ¾ inches high with an adjustable width from about 2 ½
inches to 5 inches.
A permanent label is attached to the metal bar at the bottom of the safety
gate containing “IKEA” and the article number. Consumers can
find the specific article numbers included in the recall on the CPSC website.
Given the serious risks associated with the defective safety gates, the
CPSC advises that parents and caregivers immediately stop using the safety
gates and safety gate extensions. Consumers can return them to any IKEA
store for a full refund.
If your child or someone you care about has suffered serious harm due to
a recalled or otherwise defective safety gate or other children’s
product, you may be entitled to compensation. To discuss your legal rights, contact
a San Diego product liability lawyer at the Law Offices of Robert Vaage
for a free consultation.