July 22, 2015 — About 27 million IKEA chests and dressers are being recalled after two children died when the furniture fell over.
The furniture was sold with an anchoring kit included, but IKEA is offering a new kit for children’s drawers over 23-1/3 inches tall and adult dressers or drawer chests over 29-1/2 inches.
Unlike a typical recall, IKEA doesn’t want customers to return the furniture. Instead, they are offering a free kit with new tip-over restraints, wall-anchoring hardware, instructions, and warning stickers.
The Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) is also working with IKEA to design the furniture more safely because many people live in apartments and cannot secure dressers to the wall.
Last year, two children died when unsecured MALM dressers fell over. One incident occurred in February, when a 2 year-old boy died after a 6-drawer chest tipped over and pinned him against a bed. In June, a 23 month-old boy died when he was trapped under a 3-drawer chest.
Many more incidents have occurred in the last two decades:
“IKEA and CPSC have also received 14 reports of tip-over incidents involving MALM chests, resulting in four injuries. Since 1989, IKEA is aware of three additional reports of deaths from tip-overs involving other models of IKEA chests and dressers.”
Customers can get a kit by visiting an IKEA retail store, going to www.IKEA-USA.com/saferhomestogether or calling (888) 966-4532.
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