Flat-pack furniture specialist Ikea has this week warned customers who have bought its children’s Antilop high chair from its stores that there are potential safety issues with the product.
It comes just three months after the Swedish firm was forced into recalling another of its kids products, the BUSA folding tent, after reports of dangerous malfunctions with the item in question.
The latest controversy was caused by eight separate instances of the chair’s safety belt opening, with three resulting in minor injuries to the youngsters involved.
All incidences relate to chairs produced between July 2006 and November 2009 with the supplier number 17389 – the details of which can be found moulded into the underside of the seat.
Ikea indicated in a statement that no other high chairs are affected by these problems, but those with concerns can ring the company’s customer service department on 0845 358 3364.
Explaining the issue related to the Antilop product, it said: “The high chair belt can open unexpectedly in use, creating a fall hazard.”
The retailer, which has 18 UK stores in total, reported overall sales of £1.15 billion for its British operation in the 12 months to September 2011.
In December, Ikea announced that it will invest £26.6 million into its UK arm over the next 12 months, with the aim of improving both the company’s in-store shopping environment and multichannel operations.