June 28, 2016 — IKEA will recall 29 million dressers and chests after six children were killed in tragic tip-over accidents.
The chests can be returned to IKEA for a full or partial refund or a free wall-anchoring kit.
IKEA furniture is known for being hard to assemble, but some of the most popular MALM dressers are also top-heavy with a narrow footprint. At least six children have died and 36 have been injured after being crushed under IKEA furniture.
IKEA said the recalled MALM dressers “do not meet performance requirements of the U.S. voluntary industry standard.”
In July 2015, the company launched a campaign offering free wall-anchoring kits. However, the reality is that most people do not bolt their furniture into the wall, or they buy it second-hand without the anchoring kits.
The Philadelphia Inquirer conducted an independent study and found that the dressers fail even the simplest of stability tests.
The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission says 43,000 people are injured by tip-over incidents every year, and about 25,000 of those injured are children. The agency warns that one child dies every two weeks when a TV, furniture, or appliance falls on him or her.
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