IKEA is sending a message to parents who use their changing tables after three infants fell from the product’s folding top. The Swedish furniture giant is urging customers who have bought the changing tables to use the safety lock that was provided in order to avoid any accidents from happening.
According to the Daily Mail, the retailer is urging moms and dads who bought the SUNDVIK changing table to not only be mindful when using them but to make sure that the safety lock that was provided with the product is used at all times. This will help avoid injuries as the piece that flips usually comes loose. If not used correctly, there’s a strong possibility that a child might fall from the table because the locks weren’t properly installed.
A spokesperson for the company says that they want to make sure that customers are well aware of the lock and that they are using the table correctly. The company's Children's Business Area Manager Emelie Knoester said in a statement to the press: “Safe products are always an IKEA priority and we are truly sorry to hear about the incidents but grateful that, to our knowledge, the children are fine.”
The company is also offering additional safety lock kits free of charge. In addition, IKEA is now taking additional steps to make sure that every precautionary action is taken in order to help improve communication between the company and its customers. This comes after news reports that say three children were injured by the changing table from the Swedish company in the last five years.
This isn’t the first time that IKEA has made controversial headlines for its products. Back in 2014, it was reported that the company had to issue a warning about their free-standing MALM drawer after it toppled over on a toddler from Pennsylvania. A similar incident occurred when another 2-year-old child died in another accident involving the same drawer.
If that weren’t enough, the company also had to issue another statement after yet another 2-year-old was killed when a six-drawer unit fell on top of him back in February of 2016. That same year IKA agreed to pay a $50 million lawsuit for the three deaths.
IKEA has made no additional comments about the matter.