Once again, Swedish homewares maker Ikea have had to recall an item due to safety concerns relating to young children. Four types of gates in the Patrull range and two gate extensions are being recalled after reports began to surface that children have fallen downstairs as a result of the locking mechanism opening without warning, and failing to return to its clasp.
Although these gates met all basic safety standards, six children have been reported as needing medical attention as a result of the unreliable locking mechanism. Nearly three million gates have been sold worldwide.
Acting business area manager at Children’s Ikea, Maria Thörn, noted that the retail giant had “zero tolerance regarding child safety,” adding, “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.”
While Ikea’s stance on quality is notable, it’s important that families take this mishap as a crucial lesson. A fall down a flight of stairs can certainly lead to extremely serious injuries and even fatalities in some cases, although luckily not in regards to this particular gate.
When picking the right gate for your home, it is imperative to assess you options and make the right decision, not only based on the aesthetic of the product, but on its safety features and quality, too. It is also important to follow the installation instructions precisely, and to keep these instructions for the future to also ensure that the maintenance of these gates is also performed accordingly.
Dreambaby® offer a wide range of safety gates, specifically designed for a number of purposes around the home, with a variety of safety and security features available, depending on one’s needs. The Chelsea Auto-Close Security Gate, which is aesthetically similar to the gates recalled by Ikea, swings open in both directions and includes an auto-close feature, which sees the gate automatically secure itself shut when the gate is near its clasp.
Similarly, the Boston Magnetic Auto-Close Gate swings in both directions and magnetically closes. This gate also comes with an EZY-Check indicator for added security, which indicates whether the gate is open or closed.
If a swinging door at all is too risky, Dreambaby® also offer a durable and high quality Retractable Gate, which is secured via a latch that must be manually moved in order to open.
Safety gates are one of the most useful safety items for any family, but choosing the right one can be difficult. Although gates can greatly vary in price, it is crucial to prioritise quality and valuable safety features over what might be more affordable, in order to help prevent the risk of serious accidents and injury.