Child Product Recalls from IKEA, Solowave and IQ

Hello, everyone! Melissa here with three HUGE new recalls to share with you. I wanted to go ahead and make sure that you were aware of these before you finish Christmas shopping for your kiddos! Let’s get started:

SMILAStjarnaPE270759LARGEThe first and largest recall is of IKEA’s wall-mountable lamps for children. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with IKEA North America, announced the recall for the repair of children’s wall-mounted lamps due to a strangulation hazard.

What is involved in the recall?

The recalled lamps caused a death of a 16-month-old child after the child became entangled in the lamp’s cord.  In a separate incident, a 15-month-old child became entangled in the lamp’s cord and nearly strangled. In both incidents, each of which occurred in Europe, the infants pulled the lamp cords into their cribs.  In total, there were 2.9 million of the recalled lamps sold in the United States, and 1.1 million were sold in Canada. Worldwide, a total of 23 million were sold.

The recalled IKEA SMILA-series children’s wall-mounted lamps were sold in eight designs including: a blue star, a yellow moon, a pink flower, a white flower, a red heart, a green bug, a blue seashell and an orange seahorse. The plastic wall-mounted children’s lamps measure about 11 inches high by 11 inches wide, have a 7 ft. long electrical cord with an in-line switch, and take a 25-watt light bulb. The model name is printed on a label on the inside back of the lamp near the light bulb, and the article number is printed on the lamp’s packaging. To view the model article numbers, please visit the CPSC recall for these lamps.

They were sold exclusively at IKEA stores nationwide, in IKEA’s catalog and online at from July 1999 through May 2013 for between $10 and $13.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled lamp and contact IKEA for a free repair kit.  Do not use the lamp until the repair kit is installed.  The repair kit has self-adhesive fasteners for attaching the lamp’s cord to the wall, as well as safety instructions. Contact IKEA toll-free at 888-966-4532 anytime or online at and click on the “recall” link at the top of the page for more information.

SolowaveSlideLARGEThe second recall by the CPSC involves Solowave home playground tube slides. More than 20,000 Solowave Tornado brand home tube slides with portholes have been recalled due to a laceration hazard, according to the CPSC.

What is involved in the recall?

With the Solowave Tornado home playground tube slides, the plastic porthole-type windows in the tube slide can break, posing a laceration hazard to children. Solowave has received 23 reports of minor injuries to children, including cuts and scrapes from contact with broken portholes. So far, about 10,800 units have been recalled in the U.S. and 9,900 units have been recalled in Canada, which totals over 20,000 units.

The slides are green, six- or seven-feet long and have three or five porthole-style plastic windows in the sides. The slides were sold with Solowave’s Centennial, Centennial II, Lexington, Rocky Mountain Deluxe and Sheridan play systems and were also sold separately.  Solowave Design is stamped on the outside of the slides near the middle of each tube slide section.

The slides were sold at Toys ‘R’ Us and other stores nationwide, and online at from February 2008 through August 2013 for between $1,300 and $1,800 as part of the play system. They were also sold for between $275 and $370 separately.

Consumers should stop using the recalled slide immediately and contact Solowave to receive a free repair kit for the porthole windows. If you purchased this product, you should call Solowave toll-free at 866-678-0376 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or check online at and click on “important safety notice” for more information. More photos of the slide are available on the CPSC recall webpage for the slides.

pink jacketLARGEThe final CPSC recall to share with you involves 756 IQ Girls’ Hooded Pink Leopard Jackets.
There have been no reported injuries, but the jackets have a drawstring through the hood which can pose a strangulation hazard to children. In July 2011, based on the previous guidelines and voluntary standard for drawstrings in children’s upper outerwear, the CPSC issued a federal regulation. The CPSC’s actions demonstrate a commitment to help prevent children from strangling or getting entangled in neck and waist drawstrings in upper outerwear, such as jackets and sweatshirts.

What is involved in the recall?

This recall involves girls’ pink hooded jackets, which are 97 percent cotton and 3 percent spandex. The jackets have pink and black leopard print drawstrings, and pink and black leopard print on the sides of the jacket. “IQ girls” is printed on the sewn-in label located on the back of the neck. The model number included in the recall is 86557 and can be found printed on a sewn in label in the back of the neck. This recall is for girls’ jacket sizes 4-12.

These jackets were sold exclusively at Burlington Coat Factory stores nationwide from October 2010 to August 2013 for about $15. If you’ve purchased this product, you should immediately remove the drawstrings from the garment to eliminate the hazard, or return the garment to Ram’s Imports Inc. for a full refund.

You may contact Ram’s Imports toll-free at 855-346-5950 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or check online at and click on “product recall” for additional information. You can also get more information from the CPSC website for this product recall.

Parents, thanks for bearing with me for this big recall announcement. Hopefully this is helpful information, and if you are aware of any other recalls that I haven’t mentioned yet, please feel free to reach out to me!

Do you have any of these products? What do you think of these recalls, and does it make you reconsider similar products that you may have? I want to hear from you, so share your thoughts in the comments below!