Ikea high chair restraint buckles open worldwide!

Here is a good example of where proofreading could improve a sentence:

Ikea has received eight reports of the buckles opening worldwide, with three reports of injuries.

 What was that again?  Ikea has (to their credit) voluntarily recalled high chairs sold between 2006 and the beginning of 2010 because of a problem with restraint buckles. However, the sentence above makes it sound as if these buckles OPEN WORLDWIDE. What the reporter means is that, worldwide, there have been eight reports of the buckles opening unexpectedly, but that is not what the sentence says.  It should read this way:

Worldwide, Ikea has received eight reports of the buckles opening unexpectedly, with three reports of injuries.

It is important to be sure that a modifier like WORLDWIDE is inserted where it will describe the correct thing.


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