On January 27, 2017, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced the recall of more than 33,000 IKEA MYSINGSO beach chairs. These are foldable chairs with a wood base and an attached polyester fabric seat.
The recall includes several article numbers, which all correspond to different colors of the chairs, and chairs that were sold at nationwide IKEA stores and online from February 2013 through December 2016. IKEA implemented the recall after receiving reports of injuries associated with the chairs. They are encouraging customers to take the chairs back to any IKEA store for a replacement or full refund.
IKEA Receives Reports of Amputation Injuries
According to the IKEA website, they have received 13 reports of incidents worldwide, with 10 injuries related to the chairs. In six of those reports, the consumers suffered from finger amputations. One of those amputations occurred in the U.S.
IKEA states that after removing the fabric seat for washing, it’s possible to re-assemble the chair incorrectly, leading to a risk of falls or fingertip amputation hazards. The company plans to have replacement chairs available that have plastic stoppers that prevent incorrect re-assembly.
This isn’t the first time IKEA has had to make corrections to their defective products. About a month before this recall, IKEA agreed to a $50 million settlement with the families of three toddlers who were killed when dressers tipped over onto the children. The plaintiffs claimed that the products were defectively designed, and were unstable and could easily tip over.
Prior to that, IKEA recalled 29 million chests and drawers after receiving reports of children being trapped underneath them. At least six children were killed when the furniture pieces fell on them. The recall included dressers manufactured between 2002 and 2016. Customers could choose either to receive a refund or to allow IKEA crews to install wall anchors on the dressers to secure them.
Other Chairs Recalled after Reports of Injuries
Other folding chairs also have alleged safety hazards. There has been reported hand and finger crush and amputation injuries associated with Delta Children’s Products metal folding chairs. Made for young children, this chair has locking mechanisms that have been reported to fail.
Also in January 2017, the CPSC announced a recall of bar chairs sold at Lowe’s. Manufactured by the 3i Corporation of Hong Kong, these included Allen + Roth brand Safford model and Garden Treasures brand Lakeview model bar chairs sold in sets of four. The company received 457 reports of the bar stool base breaking, resulting in 10 reported injuries. These included head injuries, broken ribs, bruising, and scrapes.
On January 31, 2017, the CPSC announced another recall of chairs, this time of swivel patio chairs sold at Home Depot. Manufactured by Casual Living Worldwide, the chairs are made of aluminum and steel and were sold in pairs as part of a seven-piece patio set with tables from January 2007 to February 2016. The company received 25 reports of the chairs breaking, creating fall hazards.