Ikea: Health hazard from children's play tent


IKEA starts recall campaign due to possible health risks

The Scandinavian furniture store chain IKEA has launched a recall campaign for the children's play tent "Busa" due to the risk of injury. IKEA "asks all customers who own a Busa play tent to remove it immediately from the children's access area" and to return it to an IKEA store for a refund of the purchase price, according to the company's latest announcement.

The reason for the recall is the steel wire rods of the tent, which break when used and whose sharp wire ends can pierce through the tent fabric. Cutting and stab wounds are possible consequences, the company warned. So far, the furniture store chain has received three reports of corresponding damage to the children's tent; in one case, a child had suffered minor injuries, IKEA announced on Thursday morning in Hofheim.

According to the furniture store chain, the potentially health-threatening children's play tent has been available in all IKEA stores since August 1st of this year. Since then, the company has received three complaints about broken steel wire rods. During construction and when the children were playing with the tent, the poles drilled through the tent fabric, reports IKEA. Fortunately, there have been no serious injuries so far, and only in one case did I inflict minor cuts on a child. To rule out any health risks for the children, IKEA has responded immediately and started a recall campaign for the "Busa" play tent. Customers who have purchased the play tent are requested to stop using it immediately and to return the tents to one of the IKEA stores. The purchase price will of course be reimbursed, according to the Swedish furniture chain. Just over two weeks ago, IKEA launched a recall campaign for a special batch of mirror glass sliding doors in which the mirror can come off and fall off. Due to the high weight and the risk of glass breakage, the company also saw the product as a potential risk to its customers. (fp)

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