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IKEA Recalls Nightlights Due to Shock Hazard

As San Diego product liability lawyers, we want parents to be aware of an important safety recall. IKEA recently announced that its PATRULL Nightlight suffers from a serious defect.

While nightlights are intended to help parents and children sleep better, nearly 400,000 IKEA nightlights could pose significant risks. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the nightlight’s plastic covering can detach and expose electrical components, posing an electrical shock hazard. The defective PATRULL nightlights were sold at IKEA stores nationwide as well as the store’s website from August 2013 to July 2015.

IKEA is aware of one incident where a young Austrian child received an electric shock after attempting to remove the light from the electrical outlet when the colored plastic cover detached. The child suffered minor wounds on the hand. To date, no incidents have been reported within the United States.

For concerned parents, the CPSC’s recall notice states that the defective PATRULL nightlights come in white, orange and pink. The nightlights automatically turn on in the dark and off in the light. Each PATRULL Nightlight has an IKEA logo on the back top near the sensor. The light has a dome-shaped plastic cover that gives the light its color and is attached to a white rectangular plastic base. The nightlight is 2 ¾ inches round and 3 ½ inches deep.

Given the risk of injury, the CPSC advises parents and caregivers to immediately stop using and unplug the recalled product and contact IKEA for a full refund.