Ikea has recently issued a nationwide recall of a nightlight it sold across the U.S. and Canada. The company issued the recall after being notified of at least one incident and has subsequently asked that all consumers cease use of the device. A report published by the Consumer Product Safety Commission gives the details of the recall instructions and the options available for those affected by the recall.
The product that is the subject of the recall is the PATRULL Nightlight, which is a light intended for children. It has a dome-shaped, colored plastic cover and is attached to a rectangular plastic base. The plastic cover can become detached from the base, which exposes the electrical components of the light. This creates an opportunity for a child to touch live wires and thus be seriously injured.
The recall follows a report from Austria, where a young child was injured by the light. The child attempted to remove the light from the outlet but removed the cover instead. He was subsequently exposed to electrical shock and suffered minor wounds to his hand. No incidents have been reported in the U.S. so far, where 359,000 of the lights have been sold.
This product recall is not the first problem for Ikea this month. Ikea recently issued free repair kits for dressers that were prone to tipping and had been linked to multiple deaths.