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Consumers should be aware of two new recall notices recently issued by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Retailer IKEA is recalling the GUNGGUNG child's swing, while safety products maker Kidde is recalling its hard-wired smoke and combination smoke/carbon monoxide alarms. Both products are being recalled because of possible mechanical failures that could lead to injury or death.
Here's what consumers need to know:
The GUNGGUNG swing is an indoor or outdoor swing for children ages 3 to 7, sold exclusively at IKEA stores and on the IKEA website. The swing hangs from a plastic suspension fitting attached to steel hooks. According to the CPSC alert, there have been multiple reports of the suspension fitting breaking, which can cause a child to fall to the ground.
Although the CPSC reports there have been about 2,000 of the swings sold in the United States, all four of the reports of the suspension fitting breaking have come from other countries: two in Austria, one in Germany, and one in Canada. In one of the reported incidents, a child who fell sustained a broken leg.
Consumers who may have purchased the swing can return it for a full refund at any IKEA store. Proof of purchase is not required.
The Kidde smoke alarm recall affects more than 1.2 million of the company's hard-wired smoke and combination smoke/CO alarms. According to the CPSC, the recall was issued after it was discovered that the alarms could fail following a power outage.
The recalled devices include the Kidde residential smoke alarm (Model No. i12010S) with manufacture dates between December 18, 2013 and May 13, 2014; combination smoke/CO alarm (Model No. il2010SCO) with manufacture dates between December 30, 2013 and May 13, 2014; and combination smoke/CO alarm (Model KN-COSM-IBA) with manufacture dates between October 22, 2013 and May 13, 2014.
No incidents have been reported yet, and the CPSC advises that consumers should continue to use the alarms until they are able to obtain a replacement from Kidde. Consumers who have a recalled model can obtain a free replacement smoke alarm or combination smoke/CO alarm from Kidde free of charge by calling the toll-free hotline at (844) 553-9011 or online at the Kidde website.
Consumers who would like to report an incident involving the recalled products, or other defective consumer products, can do so using the CPSC's online reporting form. If you have been injured by a defective product, a products liability lawyer may be able to help you recover compensation for your injuries.
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