Ceiling lamps have a very specific purpose, which is to shine light down on a room from above. It is not to send glass lamp shades plummeting toward the ground, possibly shattering over someone’s head. That’s why IKEA is recalling two different models of ceiling lamps, over concerns that they could come apart and cause damage to anyone unfortunate enough to be underneath them.
IKEA is recalling a total of about 840,000 ceiling lamps that were sold in the U.S. and Canada after customers complained that the shades of some “LOCK” and “HYBY” lamps had fallen and caused injuries, the company announced in conjunction with the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
The issue lies in the retaining clips that secure glass shades to the lamp housings: they can break, sending the glass shades hurtling toward the ground, which poses a laceration hazard. Thus far, IKEA has received 224 reports of incidents worldwide, including 11 with injuries. Three incidents with no injuries were reported in the U.S.
IKEA has been selling the HYBY lamps in stores worldwide and online since October 2012, and the LOCK lamps since November 2002.
The company urges consumers to immediately stop using the recalled lamps, uninstall them and return them to any IKEA store for a full refund (no receipt necessary). Questions about the recall? You can call IKEA toll-free at 888-966-4532 anytime, or check out their Product Recalls page for more information.