IKEA Finally Recalls Dangerous Dressers
Just a couple of months ago, we wrote about the dangers of IKEA dresser tip-overs, which has caused the death of 6 children, as well as injuries to 41 others. Yesterday, IKEA announced a recall of 29 million chests and drawers. Though the three children who have died in the past two years were all victims of one model, the Malm dressers with three or more drawers, the IKEA dresser recall includes a much larger selection of their products.
Malm chests of drawers and dressers with 3, 4, 5, and 6 drawers have been recalled. If you have another model of IKEA chest of drawers or dresser in your home, you should review the lengthy list of recalled products to ensure the safety of children in your home.
During a previous repair call, IKEA offered anchoring kits to owners of dressers deemed unsafe by regulators. The company has repeatedly stated that all tall furniture, not only IKEA products, poses a tip-over threat unless anchored into a wall. While they maintain this stance, increasing pressure and concerns about child safety led them to undertake the recall, as well as the complete discontinuation of the Malm product line.
Tip-Over Issues Primarily in U.S.
IKEA has noted this problem is peculiar to the United States, as there have not been similar issues or concerns globally. The furniture giant sells nearly 150 million dressers each and every year. Partly, consumers in the United States have been slow to embrace the practice of anchoring products into their walls. Heavy televisions are another product that should be anchored into the wall but often are not.
That said, there are times when anchoring heavy or tall furniture items into the wall are forbidden by rental policy. Such was the case in the most recent death, in which a 22-month-old child pulled a Malm dresser over onto himself. The parents say their rental agreement forbade them from putting holes in the wall of their apartment. In these instances, parents are forced to decide between violating a rental contract and violating the safety standards of a product. This seems to be a challenge that is unique to the U.S., but the risk posed by such language in a rental agreement is real.
What To Do About Your Recalled IKEA Product
IKEA is still offering free wall anchoring kits to consumers who prefer to simply anchor their purchased products to the wall. There are three ways to receive your wall anchoring kit:
- visit an IKEA retail store;
- go to IKEAUSA.com/saferhomestogether;
- call (888) 966-4532.
For those who prefer a refund, IKEA will provide full refunds for dressers or chests of drawers purchased after 2002 and partial store credit for recalled items purchased 2002 or earlier.
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