IKEA Issues Product Recall for Children’s Lamps After Deaths

IKEA Issued Product Recall for Lamps After Two Children Strangle on Cords

ikeaSwedish furniture giant IKEA has issued a serious product recall for 4 million children’s lamps after receiving reports that two children strangled to death on the cords.

Reports involved a 16-month-old in a crib who died after becoming entangled in the wall-mounted lamp’s cord, and a separate incident in which a 15-month-old died became entangled in the cord as well, and strangled. Both incidents, which occurred in Europe, involved the children pulling the lamps into the crib, indicating a fault with the wall mounting system.

About 23 million of the lamps have been sold worldwide.

The item under the product recall is the SMILA model lamp, which comes in eight different styles – a blue star, a yellow moon, a pink flower, a white flower, a red heart, green bug, a blue seashell and an orange seahorse.

IKEA released a statement that customers who purchased the recalled item should immediately make sure that the lamps are out of reach of children, and contact IKEA for a repair kit. Repair kits will be sent free of charge. For more information on the kit, visit the IKEA website.

The repair kit comes with self-adhesive fasteners to keep the cord mounted to the wall, so that young children cannot use it to pull the lamp away from the wall.

Defective Product Recalls and Personal Injury in South Carolina

Every year, thousands of consumers sustain serious injuries from defective products, and improper or delayed product recalls. Many of these injuries could be avoided if the manufacturers or distributors of these products took additional steps to ensure consumer safety, such as issuing product recalls in a timely fashion. Although any product could be subject to a recall due to improper testing, some of the most common product recalls are for automobiles and automotive parts, drugs and medical devices, and children’s toys.

There are a number of reasons that defective products make it to our shelves:

  • Defective manufacturing
  • Inadequate testing
  • Design defects
  • Marketing Misrepresentation

To protect yourself and your family, it’s important to know what products have been recalled because they are defective or unsafe. Federal agencies such as the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) and the CPSC (U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission) frequently issue product recalls for medical devices, drugs, and products that may be harmful to consumers.

Consumers that have been harmed by defective products such as drugs, medical devices, or other products, may be eligible to receive legal remedies. Such legal remedies, or damages, may include compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, loss of physical capacity, pain, suffering, and mental anguish. Punitive damages are also available in many jurisdictions to punish defendants in those cases involving particularly egregious conduct which demonstrates a reckless or wanton disregard for the safety of the public.

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The attorneys at the Strom Law Firm keep a close watch on recalls of dangerous and defective product recalls in the US. We aim to protect our clients’ health and safety, and hold manufacturers to the highest possible standard of safety. If you or a loved one have experienced severe, life-limiting side effects from a defective product or drug, and believe that your pain stems from a product recall that came too late, you may be entitled to compensation. The Strom Law Firm can help. We offer free, confidential consultations to discuss the facts of your case, so contact us today. 803.252.4800.

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