Ikea recalls Gunggung children's swings due to safety concerns abroad

Swedish homeware store Ikea is recalling its Gunggung brand children's swings after two cases of children injuring themselves were reported overseas. -- PHOTO: IKEA
Swedish homeware store Ikea is recalling its Gunggung brand children's swings after two cases of children injuring themselves were reported overseas. -- PHOTO: IKEA

SINGAPORE - Swedish homeware store Ikea is recalling its Gunggung brand children's swings after two cases of children injuring themselves were reported overseas.

On Tuesday, the company said that an eight-year-old boy in Austria fractured his leg after the suspension fitting connecting the swing to the ceiling broke. In the other case, which is still under investigation in Austria, a four-year-old boy was injured.

In Singapore, 87 Gunggung swings have been sold since this April but no injuries have been reported so far.

Ikea said that those who have bought an affected swing should stop using it and return it for a full refund, even if they do not have the relevant receipt. For more information, customers can call Ikea's customer service at 6786-6868.

Ms Cindy Andersen, Ikea's business area manager for children's products, said that even though no incidents have been reported in Singapore, Ikea is recalling the swings to avoid potential accidents in the future.

"Our mindset at Ikea is that we only sell products that we would give to our own children," she said.