Ikea recalls LATTJO bat cape over fears it could strangle children

Ikea recalls bat cape.
Ikea recalls bat cape. 

Ikea has recalled a bat cape over concerns that it could injure or even strangle children.

The Swedish retailing giant warned parents that children should immediately stop playing with the costume.

It has received reports that three children had been left with scratches or marks on their necks after wearing the LATTJO cape.

The company said the outfit, which is attached to the front of children's necks, had got stuck on those affected and "didn't detach easily enough".

None of the injuries required medical treatment, but Ikea said it had taken the "precautionary step" of recalling the costume "due to the risk of strangulation or injuries to the neck".

Ikea said customers can return the cape to any of its stores for a full refund.

It said the costume had been sold in all of the countries it has stores in except Russia and Indonesia since November.

The firm urged anyone who had bought the cape to immediately stop children from playing with the costume.

The company said in a statement: "Ikea is recalling LATTJO bat capes after reports about three children that have received marks and scratches on the neck while using LATTJO bat capes.


"The cape got stuck and didn't detach easily enough from the children's necks.

"No injuries which required medical treatment have been reported but, due to the risk of strangulation or injuries to the neck, Ikea takes precautionary measures and recalls the product.

"Ikea apologises for any inconvenience this may cause."

The Telegraph, London