Ikea recalls lamp after toddler gets shock

UPDATED: Nordic homeware giant Ikea has taken a child's night lamp off its shelves across the EU and the US after a toddler got an electric shock.

Ikea recalls lamp after toddler gets shock
An Ikea store. Photo: Mark Lennihan/TT

Ikea said that it had received a report that an 18-month-old boy’s hand was injured after he tried to pull a night light from its Patrull range out of a socket.

Reports of the accident first surfaced in European media early on Tuesday morning.

Daniela Rogosic from Ikea's press office later confirmed to Swedish newspaper Metro that the recall applied to Sweden as well as the company's stores elsewhere in the EU and the US.

“We have researched and tested 600 products, and all proved to be completely safe in terms of legal standards, but we have nonetheless decided to withdraw [the Patrull lamp] because there has been an incident,” she told the paper.

An image of the lamps released by Ikea in Sweden on Tuesday. Image: Ikea

A total of 170,000 Patrull lamps have been sold in Sweden, according to Metro. The brightly coloured lights come in white, pink and orange, and have been available to buy since 2013.

All customers who own the product have been advised to stop using it immediately and return it to their local Ikea store, where they can be issued with a refund.

News of the recall comes just months after the company took a world famous safety gate off its shelves following reports that several children had been injured falling down stairs because the gate had not held its position. The gate was also part of the Patrull range.


Danish Ikea store shelters staff and customers overnight during snowstorm

Heavy snowfall left 31 people looking for a spare cushion at the Aalborg branch of Ikea on Wednesday as they were forced to spend the night at the store.

A file photo at Ikea in Aalborg, where 31 people stayed overnight during a snowstorm on December 1st 2021.
A file photo at Ikea in Aalborg, where 31 people stayed overnight during a snowstorm on December 1st 2021. Photo: Henning Bagger/Ritzau Scanpix

Anyone who has found themselves wandering the mazy aisles of an Ikea might be able to empathise with the sense of being lost in the furniture store for a seemingly indefinite time.

Such a feeling was probably more real than usual for six customers and 25 staff members who were forced to spend the night at the furniture giant’s Aalborg branch after being snowed in.

Heavy snow in North Jutland brought traffic to a standstill and halted public transport in parts of the region on Wednesday afternoon, resulting in a snow-in at Ikea.

“This is certainly a new situation for us,” Ikea Aalborg store manager Peter Elmose told local media Nordjyske, which first reported the story.

“It’s certainly not how I thought my day would end when I drove to work this morning,” Elmose added.

The 31 people gathered in the store’s restaurant area and planned to see Christmas television and football to pass the evening, the store’s manager reported to Nordjyske.

“Our kitchen staff have made sure there is hot chocolate, risalamande, pastries, soft drinks, coffee and the odd beer for us in light of the occasion. So we’ll be able to keep warm,” he said.

“We couldn’t just send them outside and lock the door behind them at our 8pm closing time. Absolutely not. So of course they’ll be staying here,” he added.

The temporary guests were given lodging in different departments of the store in view of the Covid-19 situation, Nordjyske writes.

“For us , the most important thing was to take care of each other and that everyone feels safe,” Elmose said.

At least Ikea’s stranded customers and staff had somewhere comfortable to lay their heads.

The same can unlikely be said for around 300 passengers at the city’s airport who had to stay overnight at the terminal.

The airport was forced to stop flights from 2:30pm yesterday amid worsening weather, which also prevented buses from transferring passengers to hotels.

“We have around 300 people in the terminal right now and have been giving out blankets on the assumption they will be staying here tonight,” Aalborg Airport operations manager Kim Bermann told Nordjyske.

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