Safety alert: Ikea safety gates recalledIkea KLÄMMA and SMIDIG gates not safe for stairs
14 May 2015
Ikea has recalled the PATRULL KLÄMMA and SMIDIG safety gates over concerns they may not stay in place at the top of stairs.
These pressure mounted safety gates have been recalled after reports that some have come away from walls.
Parents should stop using these gates at the top of stairs as children could fall and injure themselves.
We put all of the safety gates we test through rigorous safety checks, so you know our recommendations are safe for your baby. To find out which are the best models to buy, take a look at our safety gate reviews.
What to do if you own an Ikea safety gate
You should stop using PATRULL KLÄMMA or PATRULL SMIDIG models as a top-of-stairs gate. If you return your gate to an Ikea store you will get a full refund (you won't need to show a receipt). You can still use these gates in a doorway between rooms or at the bottom of a staircase.
Alternatively, you can exchange your model for a PATRULL or PATRULL FAST safety gate which hasn't been recalled. Read our review of the PATRULL FAST to see whether this one passed our tough safety tests.
Ikea will also give a full refund on any PATRULL safety gate extension you may have purchased when you bought one of the recalled gates. For more information about the recall, contact Ikea on 0203 645 0010.
Choosing the best safety gate
You'll need safety gates as soon as your child is on the move, which could be from seven or eight months old - and it's a good idea to have them in place before that. You will probably need to put one at the bottom and one at the top of the stairs as a minimum.
We don't recommend using pressure fit stair gates at the top of the stairs. Find out why in our stair gate buying guide.
Many parents are tempted to save money by buying second hand baby equipment. We recommend you always check a safety gate in person to make sure there are no defects that could put your child in danger. Also, make sure you have the instructions to go with it, so you know where it is and isn't safe to use.
- Choose the safest car seat for your child with our car seat reviews
- See our guide on where to buy baby equipment second hand
- Find out which baby products you need