The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in cooperation with IKEA North America and Health Canada, has announced the recall of children’s wall-mounted lamps due to strangulation hazard.
A 16-month-old child in a crib 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. In both incidents, the child pulled the lamp cord into the crib, according to the CPSC news release.
The CPSC reports that 2.9 million of the recalled lamps were sold in the United States and 1.1 million were sold in Canada. A total of 23 million lamps were sold worldwide.
The lamps measure about 11 inches high by 11 inches wide. They have a 7-foot-long electrical cord with an in-line switch and take a 25-watt light bulb. The lamps were sold 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 lamps were sold at IKEA stores nationwide, through IKEA’s catalog, and online at ikea-usa.com from July 1999 through May 2013 for between $10 and $13.
The CPSC advises consumers to immediately stop using the recalled lamp and contact IKEA for a free repair kit. Do not use the lamp until the repair kit is installed. The repair kit has self-adhesive fasteners for attaching the lamp’s cord to the wall, as well as 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.