Swedish furniture and homewares retailer Ikea is asking any customers who have purchased a BUSA children’s folding tent to immediately return it to them after safety issues were raised about the product.
Just under 6,000 of the tents have been sold in the UK and around 98,700 have been purchased by customers worldwide since it hit shelves in June this year, but Ikea is now asking parents to take the product away from children.
According to the retailer, three instances of the tent’s sharp wire frame pushing through its fabric casing have been reported across the globe with one resulting in a minor injury.
A statement from Ikea read: “The steel wire frame of the tent can break in use. This can cause sharp wire ends to protrude through the tent fabric, creating a risk of a laceration or puncture injury to a child playing with the tent.
“Ikea apologises for any inconvenience this may cause.”
Concerned parents have been asked to call the trader’s customer services on 0845 358 3364 or visit its website, and return the product to the nearest Ikea store as soon as possible.
Traditionally seen as a secretive organisation, Ikea has been attempting to become more transparent over the last year, publicising results for the first time, revealing charitable work in Africa and campaigning for a reduction in red tape in the UK to help extend its store portfolio.
In the year ending August 2010 the group posted a profit increase of six per cent year-on-year and a rise in like-for-like sales of 1.1 per cent.