Ikea has recalled nearly three million baby bed canopies worldwide due to a potential danger of strangulation.

"We have had some reports of young children getting entangled in these canopies," Ikea spokeswoman Ylva Magnusson said, adding that some children had sustained minor injuries.

"However there is no child that has had permanent injuries ... and as a safety measure we are recalling the products."

A notice on Ikea Ireland's website asks customers who have bought the canopy in question to return it for a full refund.

The affected canopies are Legendarisk, Minnen bed Canopy set, Barnslig Boll, Minnen Brodyr, Himmel, Fabler, Tissla and Klammig.

Ikea said 33,537 canopies were sold in its Dublin store since it opened in 2009.

"We apologise for any possible inconvenience this may cause, but safety is always the highest priority for Ikea," the company said.

The recall concerns more than 2.8 million products sold since 1996.

Ikea gave no explanation as to why the products were on the market for so long before a recall was deemed necessary.