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IKEA Recalling Defective Child Safety Gates

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.

The 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:

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

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.