Ikea has recalled a children's high chair following a series of incidents which exposed frailties in the seat design and potentially fatal flaws in the locking system.
The Swedish furniture giant has reassured customers that they will receive a full refund for the return of the "Leopard" high chair after it received 11 reports of broken snap locks which posed a choking hazard to young children.
In one incident, a child suffered bruised legs after falling through the seat of the chair.
A spokesman for the Swedish retailer said: "Ikea has received 11 reports of broken snap locks, including one incident where the seat with child dropped through the frame.
"In a second incident a detached snap lock was found in a child's mouth but was removed before choking occurred. No further incidents or injuries have been reported."
Ikea has apologised for the inconvenience caused by the product withdrawal.
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Katrina Elsey from law firm Irwin Mitchell said: “Manufacturers need to ensure that they take adequate care in the design, development or manufacture of products so as to ensure their products are safe and free from defects before supplying to consumers.
“Under the Consumer Protection Act 1987 manufacturers have a duty to ensure that products are safe.
“Stores selling these types of products are also under a duty to ensure that goods are of a satisfactory quality which meets a reasonable standard pursuant to the Sale and Supply of Goods Act 1994.”
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