Health Canada and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (US CPSC) have announced a joint recall of IKEA ANTILOP high chair. The recall comes from the high chair belt malfunction and affects 169,000 of the chair units.
Due to eight reports of belt malfunction where the belt open unexpectedly creating a falling hazard, the recall recommends consumers discontinue use of the chair immediately. Five reports of malfunction were reported in the US, two in Sweden and one in Japan. The reports include three that saw a child’s minor injury from the resulting fall. Health Canada, to date, has not received any such reports.
Units affected were sold from July 2006 to November 2009 in Canada and from August 2006 through January 2010 in the US. This includes an estimated 36,000 high chairs in Canada and 133,000 in the US. Units sold were either blue, red or white and had the supplier number of 17389 and a production date of 0607-0911 (YYMM). Although made in China, the high chairs were distributed through IKEA Canada in Burlington, Ontario.
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This is the second children’s product recall by IKEA in the last few months. Previously recalling a children’s tent that had risk of lacerations from its steel wire frame, IKEA Canada seems to be on its game for recalls although some might wonder why the products were not up to par in the first place.
Consumers who have purchased the chair are recommended to contact IKEA for information on next steps and replacement of seat restraint.