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IKEA Recalls Safety Gates Due To Fall Hazard

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Swedish furniture retail company IKEA is recalling thousands of safety gates due to a fall hazard.

About 58,000 gates in the U.S., and 17,000 in Canada, have been recalled, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The gates were sold at IKEA nationwide and online from August 1995 through February 2015 for about $35.

The friction between the wall and the gate, which is white and made of steel and plastic, is insufficient to keep it in its intended position, posing a fall hazard. In addition, the lower metal bar is a tripping hazard.

No injuries have been reported in the U.S., but there have been 18 incidents worldwide. In three incidents, the CPSC reports, children have been injured as a result of falling down stairs.

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 gate containing an article number. Gates with the following numbers are included in the recall:

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

Consumers are asked to stop using the gate and return it to any IKEA for a full refund. Those who want to keep the gate for limited use between rooms or at the bottom of a staircase can contact the company to receive free updated user instructions and new adhesive warning labels.

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