Ikea recalls Antilop highchairs in belt safety alert

Harnesses on some chairs were reported to open unexpectedly, creating a fall hazard.

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Last updated: 04/06/15

There has been some confusion around the safety of the Ikea Antilop highchair, but we can confirm the child seat has NOT been recalled recently.

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On Wednesday the 3rd of June an article issuing a safety warning against the budget highchair was published, leading many, (including us) to think there was a new fault with the harness. 

But it turns out it was on old article from 2012 – when the Antilop was originally recalled – which was mistakenly republished on the Ikea site #ooops. 

Today (Thursday June 4th) MadeForMums spoke to an Ikea representative, who assured us that the Antilop chairs are completely safe and yesterday’s article was, in fact, old news. 

Still, if you’d like to know more about the old 2012 recall, we have the full story below:

Ikea is urging parents who have bought its the £13 Antilop highchair to contact its customer services because its safety belts have been found to be faulty.

The Swedish furniture giant has issued the safety alert after receiving eight complaints of the belt opening by itself, including three reports of children falling out of the chair and hurting themselves. Ikea is recalling 1.2 million Antilop highchairs around the world, including 60, 438 from British families.

“The highchair belt can open unexpectedly in use, creating a fall hazard,” said the company in a statement.

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“No other highchairs are affected. Ikea apologises for any inconvenience this may cause. Safety is always a top priority at IKEA,” the spokeman added.

Customers who have an Antilop highchair from supplier #17389 and production date 0607-0911 (the numbers are found on the underside of the seat) may be affected and should contact Ikea’s customer services immediately on 020 3645 0000.

Those with affected chairs will receive a replacement belt, free of charge in store.

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