At least 8 children have died and nearly 150 were seriously injured after being crushed under top-heavy IKEA furniture that fell over. After years of safety campaigns, IKEA recalled 29 million dressers in June 2016.
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UPDATE: IKEA Re-Announces Recall After 8th Death
In November 2017, IKEA re-announced a recall for 29 million dressers and reported that 91 children were injured in tip-over incidents involving MALM dressers. Another 53 children were injured in tip-overs involving other IKEA dressers and chests.
IKEA Furniture Tip-Overs Lead to Injury and Death
IKEA furniture has a reputation for being hard to assemble, but some of the most popular dressers are also extremely dangerous. They fail even the simplest stability tests, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer, and IKEA admits they do not meet industry standards.
What is the problem?
When a child climbs an IKEA dresser that is not bolted to the wall, it can tip over and instantly injure or crush the child to death. In some cases, the child is pinned under the dresser and unable to breathe.
How Many Children Have Been Injured?
In June 2016, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) warned that six children died and 36 more were seriously injured in IKEA furniture tip-over accidents.
MALM dressers were blamed on three deaths and 17 injuries, including a 22 month-old boy from Minnesota in February 2016, a 2 year-old boy from Pennsylvania in February 2014, and a 23 month-old boy from Washington in June 2014. The parents of two of those children have already filed lawsuits and received settlements.
Other IKEA dressers have been linked to 19 injuries and three deaths, including:
- July 1989, a 20 month-old girl from Mount Vernon, Washington died under a GUTE 4-drawer chest
- March 2002, a 2-1/2 year-old boy from Cranford, New Jersey died under a RAKKE 5-drawer chest
- October 2007, a 3 year-old girl from Chula Vista died under a KURS 3-drawer chest
In June 2016, IKEA recalled 29 million top-heavy chests and drawers. The company agreed to offer refunds and stop selling the dressers.
The recall followed an awareness campaign in July 2015. The company acknowledged several deaths, reiterated the importance of securing furniture to the wall, and offered free wall-anchoring kits.
One critic wrote on Pop Sugar:
“This shouldn’t be enough. When an Ikea bat cape can be recalled because a fabric fastener could potentially cause the risk of strangulation, why isn’t a sizable piece of furniture that can and has caused three separate child deaths still being manufactured and sold as is?”
Anchor It and Save a Child
The CPSC warns that about 25,400 children are injured in furniture tip-over accidents every year. On average, one child dies every two weeks when a TV, furniture, or appliance falls on him or her. These tragedies can be prevented by anchoring large furniture to the wall. IKEA offers free wall-anchoring kits for chests and dressers.
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