Ikea forced to recall faulty high chairs

The international furniture company Ikea has been forced to recall a batch of its children’s high chairs after receiving a number of complaints from parents whose children were injured.

The affected product is the Antilop self-assembly high chair, which sells for around £10.99. It comes with a safety belt attached to the plastic chair, and Ikea has warned that in some of the high chairs, this belt can come “open unexpectedly”.

Ikea is understood to have received around eight complaints about the defective chairs so far, and three children have sustained minor injuries because of the faulty safety belts. The company could need to rely on its product liability insurance if any of the parents of these injured children decide to file lawsuits for compensation.

In a statement, Ikea explained the problem with the chairs and reassured parents, saying:

“The high chair belt can open unexpectedly in use, creating a fall hazard.

“Ikea has received eight reports of belt opening, including three resulting in minor injury when a child fell from the high chair.

“No other high chairs are affected. Ikea apologises for any inconvenience this may cause.”

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