Just weeks after several other large recalls involving dangerous products for children, International furniture seller IKEA has announced a voluntary global recall of children’s highchairs after receiving a rash of injury reports. Sources say that 11 children have been injured while using the chairs, one seriously. No defective product injuries have been reported in the United States, though about 600 chairs in America are being recalled immediately, with parents being urged to stop use of the chair at once.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission released a press release on December 22 explaining that the modern-looking chairs suffer from weak snap locks. If the snap locks break or fail, the child can fall from the chair and to the floor. Some have also reported that the chair can break and cause choking concerns. Worldwide, the IKEA highchair recall involves over 5,400 chairs worldwide.
The recall involves all colors of the LEOPARD highchair, which was sold in stores internationally in October and November of this year for sixty dollars. Those who have purchased the highchair are urged to stop using it immediately and to return it to the nearest IKEA store for a full refund. At this juncture, the store is not offering a repair kit. Those with questions or concerns may call the IKEA recall hotline at (888) 966-4532 or visit the store’s website for more information.