(WASHINGTON) — IKEA is expanding its recall of children’s wall-mounted lamps, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced on Tuesday.
The recall, which first surfaced in December 2013, involves a variety of lamp styles sold in IKEA’s stores, catalogs and on its website between May 1984 and April 2014. It affects 30.2 million lamps worldwide, including about 3.5 million in the U.S.
“Children can get entangled in the electrical cord that hangs from the children’s wall-mounted lamps, posing a strangulation hazard,” the CPSC notes in a statement.
So far, there have been two incidents — both in Europe — relating to the the recalled items. The CPSC says a 16-month-old died after getting entangled in a lamp’s cord and a 15-month-old nearly strangled. Both babies pulled the cord into their cribs.
Any customer who has an affected product is advised to stop using it immediately and remove it from the wall. Customers should then contact IKEA, which will provide repair kits free of charge.
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