IKEA recalled millions of dressers after acknowledging that two toddlers died after its units crashed onto them. It now appears that the company is still selling these dangerous products. It should be noted that IKEA doesn’t believe its dressers have to comply with the industry’s voluntary stability standard. The company has refused to say whether it has tested or made design changes to the two MALM dressers involved in the 2014 deaths of a 23-month-old boy and 2-year-old Curren Collas.
The Philadelphia Inquirer has been looking into the dressers for a good while. The Inquirer bought each of these dressers at IKEA’s Philadelphia store and had them tested by an independent lab. The dressers failed even the least onerous stability test. When their unloaded drawers were extended, the dressers craned, then crashed forward. Under the pressure of 50 pounds hung on one drawer – meant to represent the weight of a child – the dressers toppled over. Bobby Puett of Diversified Testing Laboratories, which reviewed the dressers, stated:
It’s so quick. You put the weights on it. You have to have your hands up – [because] it’s coming down.
IKEA has sold at least seven million MALM dressers in the United States. In its July 22 announcement, issued along with the safety commission, the Swedish furnishings giant said it would offer new anchoring hardware for those and 20 million other dressers and would launch a public awareness campaign on tip-overs. IKEA, which has its U.S. headquarters in Conshohocken, Penn., stopped short of asking customers who bought the dressers to return or replace them. It promoted the initiative as “a repair program,” in order to keep from using the word recall. In August, the Canadian government issued its own recall of six million IKEA dressers.
More than 75 children in the United States died in 2010 and 2011 when furniture, televisions, or appliances tipped onto them, according to federal data. Many dresser manufacturers, including IKEA, provide restraints with their units, but advocates argue furniture should be stable on its own because consumers are unaware of the danger and often don’t use the tethers. Federal regulators have called for changes and criticized the industry for lacking the will to solve the problem. However, the safety commission has also been criticized for not ordering a full recall of the MALM dressers.
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