Date
11 December 2017
Ikea is recalling its Gunggung brand children's swings as the product failed to meet safety standards. Photos: Ikea.com
Ikea is recalling its Gunggung brand children's swings as the product failed to meet safety standards. Photos: Ikea.com

Ikea recalls Gunggung children’s swings due to safety concerns

Swedish homeware store Ikea announced Tuesday that it is recalling its Gunggung brand children’s swings following some accidents involving the item.

“The suspension fittings can break in use. A child can fall from the swing, posing a risk of serious injury,” it said in a statement.

There have been four reports worldwide, one in Germany, two in Austria and one in Canada of the suspension fittings breaking in use. In one incident a child fell and suffered a fractured leg, according to the statement.

In another case, which is still under investigation in Austria, a four-year-old boy was injured, according to the Straits Times.

The company urged customers who have a Gunggung children’s swing to immediately remove the item and bring it back to any Ikea store for a full refund — HK$199.9 in Hong Kong — even if they do not have the relevant receipt.

The Gunggung children’s swing has been sold in Ikea stores and online from June 2014.

Apart from thorough product development, Ikea always tests its products at accredited test labs before launching them in stores, The Star quoted Ikea Malaysia’s business manager for children’s products Cindy Andersen as saying.

“However in the case of the Gunggung swing, incidents have occurred where the fittings in the suspension have broken,” Andersen said.

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