IKEA recalls 27 million drawers after death of two toddlers

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IKEA has recently announced a product recall of 27 million MALM chests and drawers after two toddlers were crushed to death in "tip-over" accidents.


Six-drawer and three-drawer MALM chest. Photos taken from IKEA.com

In the US, two toddlers were crushed to death when unsecured IKEA drawers tipped over on top of them last 2014. The deaths included that of a 2-year-old boy who passed away when a six-drawer “MALM” chest tipped over and pinned him against his bed. While in another state, a 23-month-old was crushed by a 3-drawer MALM chest.

There have been 3 other deaths reported since 1989 that have been linked to “tip-over accidents” involving IKEA chests and drawers.

The Swedish furniture company recently announced a product recall of 27 million dressers and chests in an effort to alleviate deaths caused by “tip-over accidents.” However, while their move is referred to as a “recall,” no actual furniture will be returned.

Instead, IKEA will be issuing new free wall anchoring kits that will include “tip-over restraints, wall-anchoring hardware, instructions and warning labels to be affixed to the furniture.

The free repair kit is for MALM chests, IKEA children’s chests and dressers taller than 60 cm, and IKEA adult chests and dressers taller than 75 cm.

According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), “a child dies every two weeks from furniture or TVs tipping over. Injuries from falling furniture occur every 24 minutes.” This is why IKEA spokesperson, Mona Liss, announced that IKEA will “continue to collaborate with the CPSC to find solutions for more stable furniture.”

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