Ikea is recalling pressure-mounted safety gates following nearly 20 instances of the gates not working properly, causing at least three children to fall down stairs.
The friction between the wall and the safety gate isn't enough to hold the gate in its intended position. Additionally, the lower metal bar can also be a tripping hazard.
Ikea has received 18 complaints worldwide reporting falling safety gates, including three injuries. No injuries were reported in the U.S.
About 75,000 Patrull Klamma and Patrull Smidig safety gates in North America are affected by the recall.
These safety gates are white, made of steel and plastic, and measure about 29 inches high with an adjustable width from about 29 inches to 34 inches. The gate has a spring mechanism that fits between the two sides of the door frame 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:
The gates were sold exclusively at Ikea stores nationwide and online at ikea-usa.com from August 1995 through February 2015 for about $35.
Consumers should stop using the safety gate and return it to any IKEA store for a full refund. Any Patrull Klamma / Smidig safety gate extensions may also be returned for a full refund. Consumers who want to keep their 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.
Ikea can be contacted at (888) 966-4532.