IKEA Children’s Bed Canopy Recall Issued Due to Strangulation Hazard

IKEA has initiated a worldwide recall for nearly 2.8 million children’s bed canopies, due to a risk that children may become entangled in the canopy fabric and strangle themselves. 

The IKEA recall was announced by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) on March 20, after at least nine reports were received of children becoming entangled in the fabric, including one report involving a seven month old girl in the U.S. who was able to pull the fabric into the crib and wrapped it around her neck several times before she was discovered.

The recall includes IKEA children’s bed canopies that are made out of a mesh fabric and designed to hang from the ceiling onto a child’s crib or bed. The canopies measure roughly seven feet long and 2 feet in diameter and have the following names printed on the canopies washing instructions sewn onto the bottom of the fabric; Barnslig, FABLER, HIMMEL-blue, HIMMEL-blue/white, HIMMEL-green, HIMMEL-pink, KLAMMIG, LEGENDARISK, MINNEN Bed Canopy Set, MINNEN Brodyr, and TISSLA. For a full list of recalled canopies and article number please visit the recall website (link above).

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The canopies were manufactured in Estonia, Lithuania, Vietnam, and the Czech Republic and were imported into the United States by IKEA North America Services LLC, of Conshohocken, Pennsylvania where they were sold at IKEA stores nationwide and online from August 1996 through March 2014 for between $10 and $30.

The canopies were sold worldwide and the CPSC has estimated about 225,000 were sold in the United States, 7,000 sold in Canada, and roughly 2.6 million throughout the rest of the world.

This is at least the second time in recent months that IKEA has recalled a children’s product that could result in strangulation. In December 2013, IKEA recalled nearly 23 million wall-mounted lamps after a 16 month old child was found strangled to death after they became entangled in the seven foot long electric cord. The products were recalled because the seven foot long cord posed a strangulation hazard to children if they become able to pull the cord into the crib with them.

The CPSC recommends that customers stop using the recalled children’s bed canopies immediately and return them to any IKEA store for a full refund. Customers may also contact IKEA at 888-966-4532 or visit them online at www.ikea-usa.com and navigate to the recall link located at the top of the page.

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