IKEA has recalled two of its children's beds, after it received seven reports that a metal rod connecting the guardrail to the bed frame had broken, posing a risk to children.
So which beds are being recalled, and what should you do if you have one?
The bedsThe beds in question are the KRITTER and SNIGLAR junior beds. The KRITTER bed has a pine frame, with cut-outs of a cat and dog in the headboard. It is part of a set of children's furniture.
The SNIGLAR bed is MDF and has a solid white headboard. It is also part of a set of furniture, with a matching cot and change table, and is designed for very young children who have grown out of their cot.
IKEA said in a statement that some of both beds had seen the metal rod break, and added: "A broken rod could expose sharp metal edges, presenting a laceration hazard. No reports of any injuries caused by breakage of the metal rod have been reported."
The models which pose a risk are KRITTER beds with date stamps from 1114 to 1322 and SNIGLAR junior beds with date stamp from 1114 to 1318. These stamps are on small stickers, which can either be found under the bed or on the back of the headboard.
If the date stamp label has been removed from the bed and you are concerned about safety, you can call the same customer services number for help.
Protect yourselfIt is another reminder of how important it is to keep abreast of recalls. These are far from unusual, and are often related to safety issues.
We need to go further than the headlines. In the same recall notice, IKEA also advised people to stop using a LYDA jumbo cup - with a retro floral picture on the front - which were sold from August 2012 to April 2013. They said: "The cups can break when hot liquid is poured into them, creating a burn hazard." This recall has received far less press coverage, but the store says they have received 20 complaints and 10 reports of injury.
A useful resource is the Trading Standards recalls page, where many of the biggest recalls are found. If you regularly use particular stores, you should also be vigilant for signs in the stores - and bear in mind that recalls are not necessarily immediate - it can take months or even years before a defect comes to light.
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