West Virginia consumers who have recent purchased lamps from IKEA may be impacted by a recent lamp recall issued by the store. In total, more than 30,000 of these dangerous household products have been recalled. The reason for the recall is that they pose a shock hazard.
IKEA is recalling Gothem table and floor lamps due to the risk of electric shock associated with them. Cables that were damaged during the manufacturing process may touch the lamp’s metal body. So far, there have been three reports about minor shocks suffered by consumers.
Those who have purchased the lamps are asked to stop using them and return them to IKEA for full refunds. The 49-inch-tall lamps are nickel plated and feature dimmer switches. They were sold only at IKEA throughout the United States as well as online from Oct. 2015 to Feb. 2016, costing between $20 and $50 each.
Customers who use faulty household products and end up becoming injured as a result have the right to take legal action against the product manufacturers. They can seek reimbursement of monetary damages sustained due to use of the products, which — if achieved — may help to cover their related medical bills and even the loss of wages if they could not work for periods of time due to their injuries. Monetary compensation may also help to address pain and suffering associated with the use of the dangerous products. Understanding what facts must be proved in a product liability case is likely important to prevail in such a case in West Virginia.
Source: ohsonline.com, “IKEA Recalls 30,000 Lamps for Shock Hazard — Occupational Health & Safety“, March 22, 2016