IKEA, the popular retail company that sells ready-to-assemble furniture and home appliances, has been hit with controversy lately because of multiple product recalls. The latest recall involves folding beach chairs that pose a risk of fingertip amputation injuries.
The product recall affects IKEA’s MYSINGO line of beach chairs. According to federal consumer safety officials, there were several reports of consumers suffering serious injuries when their chairs suddenly collapsed. At least 13 people have been injured so far, including six people who needed emergency surgery to amputate their fingertips. Three of these injuries, and one resulting in fingertip amputation, occurred in the United States.
The MYSINGO beach chairs were sold in IKEA stores and online from February 2013 to December 2016. Each chair had a retail price of approximately $25.
After reports of accidents and injuries began to surface, IKEA notified the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and investigated the source of the problem with the product. The CPSC later released a statement indicating that the beach chairs “can collapse, posing fall and fingertip amputation hazards.”
Anyone who purchased a MYSINGO beach chair from IKEA is instructed to immediately stop using the recalled item and contact IKEA to arrange for a refund. Consumers will be provided with full refunds on their purchases of the recalled chairs, with no store receipt necessary. Alternatively, consumers can exchange their recalled beach chair for a replacement chair that has been fitted with plastic stoppers.
Last year, IKEA came under intense scrutiny after it issued a recall of 29 million dressers and chests from its MALM series. That recall was deemed necessary because the furniture was unstable and had a tendency to tip over. According to safety officials, six children were killed in accidents involving the defective dressers.
Both IKEA recalls were overseen by the CPSC, which is tasked with protecting users of consumer products from risks of injury or death.
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