Swedish furniture giant Ikea has issued a safety alert for parents who have purchased their popular baby change table.
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Use the safety latch provided at all times
Ikea is warning customers who have purchased the $259 nifty fold-out SUNDVIK change table/drawers to use the safety latch provided at all times, after reports three children have fallen from the table whilst being changed.
“Customers must not use the product for infant changing if these fittings are not in place correctly or are missing,” says a notice on the Ikea website.
Additionally, Ikea will provide safety locking kits free of charge to parents who have lost or misplaced theirs.
“Ikea has received three reports of incidents”
Unique to Ikea, the chest of drawers has a top segment that flips over, converting into a changing area.
The injuries have reportedly occurred because the safety locks were not fitted correctly, causing the piece of wood that flips over to come loose.
“Ikea has received three reports of incidents where the foldable part of the SUNDVIK changing table/chest of drawers has come loose and children have fallen off the changing table. In these incidents, the safety locking fittings were either not used according to instruction or were not fitted at the time of construction,” says the website.
“The SUNDVIK changing table/chest of drawers is intended to be used in a fixed position as either a changing table or a storage chest and not as an everyday multi-function product. The fitment and use of the safety lock fittings provided are integral to the overall safety and intended safe use of the product, and therefore must be used at all times.”
How to get your replacement safety locking kit
Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time Ikea has been in the spotlight over their products causing harm to little ones, either.
In 2014, there was a similar warning issued by Ikea regarding the Malm freestanding drawer after the tragic deaths of two toddlers who became trapped under toppling furniture.
So if you’re the owner of a SUNDVIK change table/drawer, it’s best you head over to your nearest Ikea store to get the important lock fitting kit as soon as possible. After all, we don’t want any more precious bundles at risk of possible injury or harm.
“Customers will not have to provide any proof of purchase, such as a receipt,” says the website. “Please contact Ikea on 0203 645 0010 to obtain a replacement safety lock fitting kit and an updated instruction for use. We apologise for any inconvenience this will cause.”