IKEA recalls child lamps due to strangulation hazard

A series of children’s wall-mounted lamps sold at IKEA are being recalled due to a strangulation hazard. A 16-month-old child in a crib died after getting entangled in a lamp’s cord.

In a separate incident, a 15-month-old child in a crib became entangled in a lamp’s cord and nearly strangled. Both incidents occurred in Europe, and the lamp cord was pulled into the crib by the infants.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled Smila-series lamps and contact IKEA for a free repair kit. Do not use the lamp until the repair kit is installed.

What is being recalled

The plastic wall-mounted children’s 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 recalled IKEA children’s Smila-series wall-mounted lamps were sold in eight designs, including a blue star, yellow moon, pink flower, white flower, red heart, green bug, blue seashell, and orange seahorse.

The lamps were made in the United States, Lithuania and China.

Almost 3 million sold in U.S.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Ikea North America, announced the recall so the lamps can be repaired.

There were 2.9 million of the recalled lamps sold in the United States. In addition, 1.1 million were sold in Canada. A total of 23 million were sold worldwide.

They were sold exclusively 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.

How to get a repair kit

The repair kit has self-adhesive fasteners for attaching the lamp’s cord to the wall as well as safety instructions. For information and to get a repair kit, contact IKEA toll-free at 888-966-4532 anytime or go to www.ikea-usa.com and click on the “Recall” link at the top of the page.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission still is interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Tell the federal agency about your experience with the product at www.saferproducts.gov.

Specific models being recalled

The blue star is the StJärna model with article numbers 501.944.49 or 500.108.79.

The yellow moon is the Måne model with article numbers 701.944.48 or 700.108.40.

The pink flower is the Blomma model with article numbers 901.944.47 or 000.979.50.

The white flower is the Blomma model with article number 300-746-50.

The red heart is the Hjärta model with article numbers 202.256.59 or 801.993.13.

The green bug is the Bagge model with article numbers 101.944.46 or 700.728.71.

The blue seashell is the Snäcka model with article number 400-982-50.

The orange seahorse is the Sjöhäst model with article number 900-982-43.

The model name is printed on a label on the inside back of the lamp near the light bulb. The article number is printed on the lamp’s packaging.