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IKEA lighting system may lead to an electric shock

Summer is a prime time for home remodeling. For some California residents, the remodeling may include interior decorating and the installation of functional home decor pieces such as track lighting. The last thing anyone thinks is that the lighting they have just installed may be a defective product that could cause injury. However, that is sometimes the case.

If you know furniture, you may have heard of IKEA, the international retailer of home decorating objects and furniture. This company recently issued a recall for its SANDA track lighting system. This defective product is thought to have a potentially dangerous ground connection in the track. This defect may result in an electric shock to consumers.

The lighting product was sold across the country in IKEA stores between September 2011 and March 2012. The products range in price from $15 to $20. Each of the tracks involved in the recall were either 28' or 45' in length. IKEA reports having sold approximately 5,000 units across this country and a total of 97,000 track lighting systems sold worldwide.

If you have purchased the lighting system, you should stop using it immediately, according to the US Consumer Protection Agency. In addition, consumers should return any of the identified track lighting that they purchased to their local IKEA store for a refund.

If for some reason you have been injured by this defective product, you should investigate your legal rights. You may have various options of financial recovery, which can assist with any medical expenses that resulted from the accident.

Source: WLFI.com, "IKEA recalls track lighting system due to electric shock hazard," July 13, 2012

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