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After Toddler Death, IKEA Recalls 23 Million Baby Lamps

IKEA has issued a massive recall of popular SMILA wall-mounted lamps.

In total, 23 million lamps are being recalled due to child-safety concerns. The recall comes after reports of babies being choked or strangled by the lamp’s chord. One 16-month-old baby from the UK choked on the IKEA lamp’s cable and died.

So which IKEA SMILA lamps are being recalled and what should you do to protect your baby? Let’s find out.

 

Popular IKEA Crib Lamps Get Recalled

SMILA lamps are a popular IKEA product intended to light a baby’s crib. They come in many shapes and sizes. Think seahorses, seashells, and stars. According to one estimate, these lamps have been sold to over 20 million consumers across the globe.

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These are the SMILA lamp models being recalled by IKEA

The lamps have a cable that run to the wall. However, the cables are not secured and this is a serious child-safety concern.

There are reports that children have grabbed the lamp and pulled the cable into the crib. A 16-month-old toddler died when they became entangled in the lamp’s cable.

In response to this, IKEA and the Consumer Product Safety Commission stepped in with a product recall.

 

Consumer Product Safety Commission Steps In

Photo of Baby in Crib

It’s a good idea to keep loose objects away from your baby’s crib

While the majority of the SMILA lamps being recalled are outside of the U.S. and Canada, some 3 million lamps are scattered throughout North American houses.

After reports of babies choking on the lamp came to light, IKEA and the Consumer Product Safety Commission stepped in.

Here’s what the Consumerist reports:

“According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, both incidents involved the children pulling the lamp cord into their cribs. The recall covers multiple iterations of the SMILA-series wall-mounted lamps, primarily marketed for use in kids’ rooms.”

If you’re wondering if your SMILA lamp is among the recalled models, check below for the official recall list. The article number is printed on the lamp’s packaging.

  • SMILA STARNA: Shape of a blue star. Article Number: 501.944.49 or 500.108.79.
  • SMILA MANE: Shape of the a yellow moon. Article Number: 701.944.48 or 700.108.40
  • SMILA BLOOMA: Shape of a pink or white flower. Article Number: 901.944.47 or 000.979.50 for pink flower. 300-746-50 for white flower.
  • SMILA HJARTA: Shape of a red heart. Article Number: 202.256.59 or 801.993.13
  • SMILA BAGGE: Shape of a green bug. Article Number: 101.944.46 or 700.728.71
  • SMILA SNACKA: Shape of a blue seashell. Article Number: 400-982-50
  • SMILA SJOHAST: Shape of an orange seahorse. Article Number: 900-982-43

 

IKEA and the Consumer Product Safety Commission say that consumers should stop using the recalled lamps immediately.

Consumers are also advised to contact IKEA for free repair kits. The repair kits include self-adhesive fasteners for safely attaching the lamp’s power cable to the wall. It’s also a good idea to make sure there aren’t any loose items near your baby’s crib that they may choke on. 

 

What Do You Think?

Do you own a SMILA lamp from IKEA? Have you had any issues with the lamp being pulled into the crib? Let us know in the comments section!

 

See Also

Recall Alert: Comfy Carry and OnBoard Baby Car Seats
Child Recall Danger: Baby Einstein Activity Jumpers Sold at Target, Amazon
Recall Alert: Bumbo Baby Seat Sold at Target, Walmart, Babies R Us [Repair Kit Update]

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Sean O'Connor is a writer and graduate from Loyola Marymount University. He is a self-described hoops fanatic who resides in Pasadena.

Comments

  1. linda Palucci

    What dumb parent/guardian would hang a lamp over a babies crib/bed in the 1st place? One of which a child could grab the cord? How dumb can you be? Do people have to be protected from everything? Can’t people think any more? How much does it cost consumers to be warned about every possible danger from every product or action, in multiple languages? such as…Label: Contents may catch fire.
    Product: Blow torch gas bottle.
    or
    Label: Do not drive with sun shield in place.
    Product: Reflective cardboard sun shades for car dashboards.
    and this one Label: This product may contain eggs.
    Product: A carton of eggs. So now they have to recall millions of lamps? How about the ones that sit on tables, the kids can pull them off with the cords, will they all be recalled too?

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  2. Lady D

    My question is how can it be this companies fault that a thoughtless parents would position a lamp anyplace near their babies cribs? It’s tragic that a child died, but parents should be more responsible for their child’s safety.

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