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Ikea in US recall after baby strangles

AFP/The Local · 11 Jun 2010, 14:27

Published: 11 Jun 2010 14:27 GMT+02:00

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Ikea said on its website that it was recalling the blinds voluntarily, in cooperation with US and Canadian safety and consumer protection authorities, after the accident.

The recall concerns all rolling and slatted blinds sold between January 1998 and June 2009.

The measure concerns only blinds sold in the United States and Canada, a spokeswoman for Ikea said. The company had issued a recommendation to its customers around the world to attach the control cords to the wall.

Ikea said it had acted after being informed that an 18-month-old boy had nearly died in an acident in the state of Massachusetts at the end of February.

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada said in a statement sent to AFP by Ikea: "Consumers should stop using (these) products immediately unless otherwise instructed."

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Ikea had already recalled more than 1.3 million blinds sold between November 2008 and October 2009 following similar incidents. In one of these, a one-year-old girl lost her life in the state of Connecticut in 2008.

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14:45 June 11, 2010 by crofab
"Swedish furniture giant Ikea has recalled 3.4 million blinds sold in the United States and Canada after the death of an 18-month-old baby nearly died after being strangled by a cord, the company said on Friday."

What kind of sentence is this? Shame on you, The Local. Doesn't anyone ever check articles for mistakes? EVER?
14:53 June 11, 2010 by eZee.se
Umm, a few more details about HOW the poor kid got hurt would have helped...

And shouldnt they be recalling worldwide as well?

because as far as I know, theres very little difference/no difference between 18month old babies in the US, Sweden, Israel, Palestine, India, UAE or any other place.

Or are they saying US children are stupid (or their parents) compared to everyone else?
15:52 June 11, 2010 by SouthAfrican_in_Sweden
"Consumers should stop using (these) products immediately unless otherwise instructed."

I guess it would require a lot of instructions to get the US consumers to understand basic safety on how to use blinds if there is a nationwide recall.
02:17 June 12, 2010 by msaliassweden
I don't think that anyone is saying Americans are stupid compared to anyone else, but it is pretty common in America to sue aimlessly, and before you say "Killing a baby is NOT aimless" that isn't what I am saying either.

Accidents happen, horrible accidents happen. Americans just seem to find suing and a monetary value set, makes it fixable. Not so much in other countries as in America.

American expat in Sweden
03:03 June 12, 2010 by CanYouDigIt

Certainly IKEA was warned about this through industry literature, but until their stocks are empties and the profit margin is maintained, they will continue selling and wait for insurance to cover any lawsuits..

IKEA cannot be the only one in this position, but as an industry leader and Swedish flagship corporation, it would have been nice to see a voluntary recall carried out WITHOUT the attachment of a baby nearly died.

Brutal and avoidable.

Stupid, cheap, home "improvement" products.
04:55 June 12, 2010 by eZee.se
@msaliassweden, I was being sarcastic... not American bashing ;)

09:42 June 12, 2010 by calebian22
Well if anyone has ever watched COPS, it is no secret that America does have a lot people that will never be invited to a Mensa meeting. That being said, I have met some real "brainiacs" here in Småland as well..
14:02 June 12, 2010 by rufus.t.firefly

Do you watch COPS at Mensa meetings? A little schadenfreude with the beer and pizza, huh?
14:44 June 12, 2010 by calebian22
As I am not a Mensa member, I wouldn't know if they watch COPS during their meetings. ;-) My point was that yes, there are dumbasses galore in the US, (as can be seen in abundance on COPS which is broadcast here in Sweden every weeknight on channel 6) but Swedes don't have to go all the way across the pond to find some home grown "brilliance" of their own.
17:40 June 12, 2010 by gclass
This American can verify that not only are Americans stupid but are also brainwashed with no reasoning skills at all.

Everything I feel homesick my wife puts on COPS and it goes away.

I think watching COPS should be a requirement for anyone who wants to visit or live in US..
00:10 June 13, 2010 by mkvgtired
eZee.se, the article stated that the model of blind was sold in the US and Canada. That would be my guess why the recall was not worldwide.

gclass, living in Chicago, I can also verify that my city has more than its fair share of stupid people. If COPS resembles your life in America I'm not sure if you will do well anywhere. Personally I don't associate with the crackheads and murderers in my city. If that is who you chose to hang out with I can see why you may have a negative outlook.
02:18 June 13, 2010 by cattie
I have often thought that the blinds at IKEA looked a little to hazardous for my taste as mother. They are not strung together well and are not double or triple knotted like other blinds. I choose safer blinds that avoided long strings. However, some parents are more trusting of consumer products.

If the USA is smart enough to sue companies who build negligent housewares, I think it benefits everyone. Think of how powerless you are, as an individual, in Sweden to go against a big company that is doing something negligent. There is no way the average Svensson has enough money to oppose the business lawyers. I have know many Swedes who have had to accept unfairness or even negligence in situations where in the USA the individual would have had recouse thanks to contingency fees and punitive damages. Does it to far sometimes, yes. But is also gives the little guy a chance for a day in court.
01:52 June 14, 2010 by John D.
Judging the American Society on the show cops is very stupid. The show is about arresting people.

When Sweden copycats the show, like they do with many american shows, will swedes then be dumb too?
10:46 June 14, 2010 by salalah
I love America:

Smartest people on earth. Otherwise who invented the computer?

Who built the first car?

Who invented the Internet?

Who invented the IPhone, windows Mac etc.?

All countries have the same percentage of rocket scientists and dummies. The population is larger in the USA so do the math, genius!

Sweden has some stupid shows as well: Allsång på Skansen, Beck, Fånarna på Fortet, Köping Hillbillies, and Nyhetsmorgon and Sommarkrysset
13:17 June 17, 2010 by hilt_m
don't people baby proof houses in America? Why would you just leave the string dangling for your baby to get caught up in?
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