Popular home furnishings retailer IKEA has recalled nearly 36 million chests and dressers sold in the U.S. because they can tip over and entrap and injure children. To date, at least 41 incidents have been reported to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) that resulted in 17 injuries to children between the ages of 19 months and 10 years. Six of the children were crushed to death after the furniture fell on them.
The recall involves some 8 million MALM chests and dressers, linked to the three child deaths and 21 million additional children’s and adult chests and dressers in the U.S. and an additional 6.6 million sold in Canada.
The three other child deaths – one each in July 1989, March 2002 and October 2007 – were also linked to tip-overs of chests sold at IKEA, the CPSC reported. These were among the 41 incidents reported to Ikea involving chests and dressers other than those in the MALM line. These incidents involving these other chests and dressers also resulted in 19 injuries to children.
The recall mostly involves the MALM dresser, which comes in 3- , 4- , 5- and 6-drawer sizes. Other IKEA dresser and chest brands involved include the GUTE, RAKKE and KURS models.
The recall was initiated, according to the CPSC, because the dressers and chests were found to be unstable if they are not properly anchored to the wall, and can tip over and pose an entrapment hazard that can result in death or serious injury to children.
The company has agreed to stop selling all chests and dressers sold in the U.S. and Canada that do not comply with a U.S. voluntary industry standard (ASTM F2057-14) that aims to prevent tip over incidents of chests and dressers. Consumers are advised to stop using any recalled chest or dresser that is not properly anchored to the wall and place it in an area that children cannot access. To receive a refund or free wall-anchoring kit for IKEA chests and dressers listed above, visit an IKEA retail store, go to www.IKEA-USA.com/recallchestsanddressers , or call 866-856-4532 anytime.
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