IKEA Recalls 29 Million Malm Chests of Drawers over Child Deaths
Swedish furniture giant IKEA has decided to recall 29 million Malm chests of drawers in the US and Canada, after the deaths of three children in the US.
IKEA has stopped selling the drawers in the US and Canada after they toppled over and crushed the children.
Initially, the furniture retailer warned consumers to use wall mounts with them, but a third death in February prompted the recall.
The units being withdrawn are children’s chests of drawers taller than 23.5 inches and adult chests of drawers and dressers taller than 29.5 inches.
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) said in addition to the three deaths since 2014, IKEA received reports of 41 tip-over incidents involving the Malm chests and dressers, resulting in 17 injuries to children between the ages of 19 months and 10 years old.
IKEA said that anyone who owns one of the pieces of furniture, and has not attached it to a wall, should take it out of the reach of children.
Consumers can choose between a refund or a free wall-anchoring repair kit.
The deaths caused by the toppling furniture prompted the CPSC to launch an education campaign to promote awareness of the problem across the industry.
The company said that it would help to promote the campaign in the US and around the world.
IKEA said in a statement: “With the Secure it! campaign, launched globally in stores and on IKEA’s website, IKEA urges customers to inspect their chests of drawers and dressers and to ensure that they are securely anchored to the wall according to assembly instructions.”