IKEA Wall-Mounted Lamp Recall Expanded After Child Injuries, Death

Following reports of child injuries and at least one death, IKEA is expanding a prior recall issued for wall-mounted lamps to include roughly 7 million more products that may pose a potential risk of infant strangulation due to a freely hanging light cord attached to the products.

The IKEA wall-mounted lamp recall expansion was announced by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) on April 29, indicating that long electrical cords used to run a power source to the wall outlets pose a hazard for children, especially if they are placed near a crib or bed.

An initial IDEA recall was issued December 11, following the death of a 16-month old baby who became entangled in the lamp’s cord and a near strangulation by a 15-month old. A total of more than 30.2 million lamps sold worldwide are now included in the recall.

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The wall-mounted lamps were sold in various names, style, shapes, and colors with a power cord measuring roughly 7 to 8 feet long with a switch either located on the cord or on the lamp. Initially only the SMILA styles were recalled but after the CPSC’s analysis the following style names were included; BILEN, FLABB, KUSLIG, LJUSNING, MINNEN, MINNEN FACKLA, MYS HJÄRTLIG, MYS KANIN, MYS MÅNE, MYS RIVIG, PIFFIG, SEGLATS, SKOJIG, SMULTRON GRODA, SMYG, SNÖIG, STOJA, SUSSA, TASSA, and TASSA NATT.

IKEA estimates that roughly 3.5 million of the children’s wall-mounted lamps were sold in the United States, with another 1.4 million in Canada.

The recalled IKEA lamps were manufactured in the United States, Lithuania, and China, but they were sold exclusively at IKEA stores, through IKEA catalogs, and online at www.ikea-usa.com from May 1984 to April 2014 for between $5 and $30.

The CPSC recommends that customers stop using the recalled lamps, immediately remove them from the wall, and contact IKEA at 888-966-4532 or visit them online at www.ikea-usa.com to receive a free repair kit including self-adhesive fasteners for attaching the lamp’s cord to the wall.

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