Belfast Telegraph

Children's chair recalled by Ikea over safety fear

By Claire McNeilly

IKEA yesterday began recalling some 1.2 million high chairs after three children were injured because of a faulty safety belt.

The Swedish furniture giant said it had received eight reports of the Antilop chair's belt unexpectedly opening, causing children to fall.

The faulty chairs, manufactured in China, have been sold in 46 countries, including in the company's Belfast store.

Parents who bought the chair from a certain batch are being asked to check its supplier number and production date, moulded into the underside of the seat.

Ikea said only chairs from supplier number 17389 with production dates between July 2006 and November 2009 are affected.

Customers with this code on their Antilop chair are being asked to contact the store's customer services department immediately.

A spokeswoman for the company said it was aware of the problem and had began the process of recalling the faulty goods.

"The high chair belt can open unexpectedly in use, creating a fall hazard," a statement said.

"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."

Concerned customers have been asked to visit Ikea or contact its customer service desk on 0845 358 3364 in the UK or 1890 876 707 in the Republic to receive a free replacement belt.

Ikea said most of the sales were in Germany, the Netherlands and Sweden, but some were sold in the UK and Ireland.

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