Ikea recalls lamps over broken glass fears

Hundreds of customers injured

The two recalled lamps.

Ikea is recalling two popular frosted glass ceiling lampshades after more than 200 were reported to have fallen and smashed.

Broken glass from the Hyby and Lock lamps is believed to have injured 11 people, in a total of 224 incidents around the world. One customer reportedly needed stitches, and several needed hospital treatment.

The problem is caused by a weakness in the plastic clips securing the shades.

"IKEA has identified a potential risk during installation process (not clicking the clip in place might cause tension to the shade) and that the material of the clip may break causing the glass shade to fall posing risk of laceration injury," the company says.

The Lock and Hyby lines, manufactured in China, have been available online and in Ikea stores around the world since 2002 and 2012 respectively. Around 840,000 units are believed to have been sold.

Customers are being told to go to any Ikea store for a refund - they won't need the receipt, says the company.


Ikea has had a number of high-profile recalls over the last year, most recently of its Attjo drum sticks and tongue drum toys. While they were advertised as suitable for six-year-olds, rubber balls attached to the sticks could be removed, and formed a choking threat.

Last summer, it recalled millions of Malm dressers and drawers after two children in the US died when the units fell on top of them.

And it also had egg on its face after recently admitting that some sofas and chairs featured in the leather section of its website are actually made from synthetic materials.

It is, unfortunately, easy to miss product recalls - especially when, as in this case, they come from stores that customer's don't tend to visit regularly.

However, the Chartered Trading Standards Institute maintains a list of recalls, here; and the Food Standards Agency lists recalled food items here. In the case of electrical products - where the average success rate of recalls is less than 20% - customers can register their purchases for an automatic alert.

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