Ikea recalls faulty safety gates after children injured falling down stairs

Ikea has recalled a line of safety gates following reports that children have fallen down stairs after they opened unexpectedly. The Swedish furniture giant said the locking mechanism on the Patrull gates was unreliable and urged owners to stop using them immediately and return them for a full refund. It said some children had received medical treatment for their injuries. “At Ikea, we have a zero tolerance regarding child safety,” said Maria Thorn, acting business area manager at Children’s Ikea.

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

Maria Thorn, Ikea

The retailer said a third party investigation showed the gates - sold at its stores across the world - posed “a risk for small children”, despite approved tests to applicable standards. Ms Thorn added: “Whenever we are made aware of a possible safety issue with our products, we investigate thoroughly.” Customers can return the gates, which are named the Patrull safety gate, Patrull Klamma and the Patrull Fast, to any Ikea store and do not need a receipt. Ikea said it “apologises for any inconvenience this may cause”.