The gates in question are the Patrull models from the brand's range, with both the PATRULL KLAMMA and the PATRULL Fast Child versions being recalled.
The company says that the recall has been made as a third party investigation has showed a problem with the locking mechanism on the gates, which in some cases has opened unexpectedly, leaving children at risk of falling down the stairs.
'[The locking mechanism] is not reliable, posing a risk for small children, despite approved tests to applicable standards,' the investigation concluded.
IKEA says that the recall is a 'precautionary action', although a small number of customers have reported their children have needed medical attention as a result of the fault.
The PATRULL gates have been sold all over the world, including the UK, but now IKEA is warning that they may not be fit for purpose
Maria Thorn, acting business area manager of Children’s IKEA, said, 'Whenever we are made aware of a possible safety issue with our products, we investigate thoroughly.'
'We cannot accept that there could be a risk of injury while playing and as an immediate and precautionary action we have decided to recall all PATRULL safety gates.'
IKEA has stressed that anyone still using a PATRULL safety gate should return it to their local store 'immediately', and will receive a full refund. Proof of purchase is not required.
The brand adds that they 'apologise for any inconvenience this may cause'.
Anyone who requires further information should contact IKEA on 0203 645 0010.