Ikea issues safety alert over fears babies could plunge off its Sundvik changing table

Ikea issues safety alert over fears babies could plunge off its Sundvik changing table

SWEDISH furniture giant Ikea has warned parents about one of its changing tables after reports that three babies have plunged off it.
It comes three years after it recalled 29million of its Malm chest of drawers that crushed three children to death.
Ikea Ikea has warned parents to check the fittings on these Sundvik changing tables are secure before putting infants on them
Now Ikea is urging parents to check that they use the “safety locking fitting provided” when putting a baby on one of its £140 Sundvik changing tables.
The furniture giant said it had received three reports of babies falling off the table after its foldable part came loose.
Ikea says this isn’t a design fault, and that the safety fittings were not correctly installed in all three cases.
But it is still warning parents to check the safety device and make sure it’s secure for their baby.
Ikea Ikea says if you use the included safety fitting, using the changing table is ‘safe for your baby and peace of mind for you’
An Ikea spokesman said: “In these incidents, the safety locking fittings were either not used according to instruction or were not fitted at the time of construction.
“Customers must not use the product for infant changing if these fittings are not in place correctly or are missing.”
The Sundvik changing table and chest looks like a chest of drawers but it has a foldable part on top that can be extended to create a changing table.
The foldable part should be locked into place with a safety device.
On Ikea’s website, the description of the table reads: “Fix the leaf to the changing table in the folded down position using the included fitting.
“Safe for your baby and peace of mind for you.”
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But Ikea said these locks hadn’t been installed in three reported cases of babies falling off the furniture.
The spokesman added that “to make sure such accidents are not repeated, Ikea will provide extra safety locking kits free of charge”.
If you want one, you don’t need a receipt. You just need to phone 0203 645 0010.
The item isn’t being recalled, so you won’t be able to return it for a full refund unless you’ve bought it within the last 30 days.
The spokesman added: “Customers who request kits should not use their product until safety locking kit fittings are received and fitted correctly.”
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In 2016, IKEA warned about its popular Malm range of furniture range after three children were crushed to death by a free-standing chest of drawers toppling over.
Two children were killed in separate incidents in 2014 involving the Malm cabinets: a two-year-old, Curren Collas, in Pennsylvania, US, and a 23-month-old in Washington, US.
A third 22-month-old in America, Ted McGee, died in February 2016.
The chain had to pay out £40million to the parents of the three children.
The alert by Ikea comes as Fisher-Price also issues an urgent warning over a rocking cot after TEN babies die.

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