Ikea recalls faulty vasesMove comes after people injured by broken glass

01 February 2007

Furniture giant Ikea today urged customers to return a series of glass vases after five people had to be treated in hospital for injuries following breakages.

Ikea has issued the product recall on white, clear and black Parodi and amber, purple and dark green Apelsin vases.

The recall follows incidents in which the Parodi vase broke ‘for no apparent reason’ while being lifted.

In each case, the base of the ornament broke exposing sharp edges.

The company said seven customers had reported laceration injuries, with five requiring hospital treatment.

Hospital treatment

Ikea said investigation and tests showed the internal stress in a number of vases from one supplier were higher than the recommended level.

‘Too high internal stress may increase the risk of breakage, especially if the glass is damaged in some way, for example knocked or scratched,’ a statement from the company said.

‘Internal stresses in glass do not reduce with time. There is therefore a risk for further incidents and injuries.’

The 70cm-high Parodi and Apelsin vases have the same design and are both considered to be a risk.

Store refunds

The Parodi has been sold since April 2004 and the Apelsin since August last year.

Ikea wants customers who have bought a Parodi or Apelsin glass vase from supplier #18347 - printed on a white sticker on the base or on the receipt - to bring it back to their local store for a full refund.

People are warned that when returning their vase they should avoid placing their hands at or near the base to avoid the risk of injury and to ensure the product is securely packaged.

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