“I just wanted other mums to know in case they have got that cot.” Mum warns others over broken IKEA cot.

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Baby Eleanor had only been sleeping in her new IKEA cot for 11 weeks when her mother noticed a dangerous hazard.

“She woke up and cried and we went in to get her and pulled the blankets up, and then I noticed one of the blankets was catching one of the rungs, so I had a look and noticed the rung had snapped,” said Laura Bokody.‎

“It was a clean cut in between the rung so it’s obviously happened because of the type of wood, not because it’s been pushed in or anything."

The 26-year-old mother said the broken rung had a sharp end that could have potentially caused an injury to her new baby.

"It was horrible. I was horrified thinking anything could have happened. She could have rolled over. It could have flung up."

Laura Bokody said she purchased the IKEA SNIGLAR cot, which retails for $119 online, in a Sydney store.

“I just wanted other mums to know in case they have got that cot that there’s that potential fault in the cot and that something could happen," she said.

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"Especially if they’ve got older kids. If it is a fault, toddler’s might be able to kick it and make the same thing happen.”

The new Sydney mother put in a complaint to the retailer on Sunday, and the company have told her they are they’re still in the process of looking into it.

Ms Bokody said she hadn't made any modifications to the cot - apart from painting it near the bottom of the rungs but "nowhere near where it had snapped".

"I’m not sure if it’s just this one cot or if it’s a whole batch. It’s definitely something they should look into, potentially looking at the quality of the wood.  I will wait and see what IKEA thinks caused it."

For now, Eleanor has been sleeping soundly in a bassinet.

"I definitely won’t be buying it again," said Ms Bokody.

The Swedish chain says all of their products are put to the test.

"At IKEA, the safety of our products is our highest priority. All our products are tested to and comply with mandatory testing standards and legislation,"  an IKEA spokesperson said.

"IKEA Australia has been in contact with the customer and is looking into it," they added.

The complaint follows a major recall in the US and Canada of IKEA's MALM drawers after six children were killed when the drawers toppled on them.

The  drawers and dressers are considered dangerous when not secured to the wall.

Australian Ikea stores did not recall the products despite the retailer insisting safety was their "highest priority".

"IKEA provides anti tip restraints and instructions for wall anchoring with all chest of drawers. We spread awareness of the importance of securing furniture on our products and product instructions, on the website and in-store," an IKEA spokesman said in June.

 

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