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IKEA is recalling millions of children's lamps worldwide because of a risk that pint-sized consumers could strangle themselves on the lamp's cord.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, this recall is an expansion of a December recall over the same issue. In all, about 3.5 million lamps are now being recalled in the United States.
Hanging Cord Poses Safety Risk
In December, IKEA announced the recall of the SMILA-series wall-mounted lamps which came in a variety of shapes and colors. The CPSC reported that in two European incidents, children were entangled in lamps' cords, leading to death in one case.
This most recent recall expands to over a dozen similar wall-mounted lamp styles with hanging cords, measuring "about 7 to 8 feet long." IKEA had a similar issue with its window blinds, having to recall millions of units in 2010.
There have been no injuries or deaths reported in the United States related to these lamps' cords. A voluntary recall like this is a way for a company to potentially avoid future product liability suits, not to mention consumer injuries and deaths.
If You Own a Recalled IKEA Lamp...
There is a remedy for this potential dangerous cord issue. The CPSC reports that IKEA is offering to send consumers a free repair kit with self-adhesive fasteners "for attaching the lamp's cord to the wall." For its part, IKEA has cataloged the affected models by name and by picture, and is encouraging consumers to contact them for a repair kit.
If you believe you have one of the lamps affected in the recall, consider the following:
You may also wish to use the lamps only in areas without infants or small children, just to be safe.