Ikea recalls 650,000 lamps due to risk of overheating

Swedish furniture giant Ikea on Tuesday recalled about 650,000 desk lamps sold in Europe, Asia and Australia since 2004 because of a risk of overheating.

“The Swedish National Electricity Safety Board has tested the spot light and claims the construction of the lamp could create a risk of overheating,” the company said in a statement, emphasizing that it had so far received no customer complaints about overheating of its Femton lamp.

“Safety is always of highest priority at Ikea and that is why (the) Femton clamp spot light is being recalled as a precautionary measure,” the company said.

Tests showed the Chinese-made lamp, which has a flexible stem allowing the beam to be directed at will, can in some cases “be positioned with the bulb too close to a surface area, for example a wall,” Ikea said.

About 650,000 Femton desk lamps sold across Europe, Asia and Australia, including 47,000 in Sweden, were affected by the recall, an Ikea spokeswoman told AFP.

There was meanwhile no risk that another version of the lamp sold in North America would overheat, Ikea said.

The company said customers who brought back Femton lamps affected by the recall would receive a full refund.