IKEA North America, in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Health Canada, has announced the recall of children’s wall-mounted lamps, which pose a strangulation hazard.
In one incident, a 16-month-old child died after becoming entangled in the lamp’s cord. In another incident, a 15-month-old child in a crib became entangled in the lamp’s cord and nearly strangled. Both children had pulled the lamp cord into the crib, according to the CPSC news release.
The CPSC reports that a total of 23 million of the recalled lamps were sold worldwide, including 2.9 million in the United States and 1.1 million in Canada. The lamps were sold at IKEA stores nationwide, in IKEA’s catalog, and online at ikea-usa.com, from July 1999 through May 2013, for between $10 and $13.
Each lamp measures about 11 inches high by 11 inches wide and has a 7-foot-long electrical cord with an in-line switch. The lamps take a 25-watt light bulb. The lamps were available in eight designs: a blue star (STJÄRNA, model numbers 501.944.49 or 500.108.79); yellow moon (MÅNE, model article numbers 701.944.48 or 700.108.40); pink flower (BLOMMA, model numbers 901.944.47 or 000.979.50); white flower (BLOMMA, model number 300-746-50); red heart (HJÄRTA, model numbers 202.256.59 or 801.993.13); green bug (BAGGE, model numbers 101.944.46 or 700.728.71); blue seashell (SNÄCKA, model number 400-982-50); and orange seahorse (SJÖHÄST, model number 900-982-430).
The CPSC advises anyone who owns one of the lamps to immediately stop using it and contact IKEA for a free repair kit. Do not use the lamp until the repair kit is installed. The repair kit consists of self-adhesive fasteners for attaching the lamp’s cord to the wall, and safety instructions. Contact IKEA toll-free at 888.966.4532 or online at www.ikea-usa.com and click on the Recall link at the top of the page for more information.