IKEA to Consumers: Beware Tip-Over Hazard from Chests and Drawers
Two toddlers died after the company's MALM chests fell on them
Is your children's furniture safely anchored to the wall? If not, get that screwdriver ready.
IKEA is offering free wall anchoring kits to owners of 27 million chests and dressers due to a tip-over hazard, according to the company and the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Two toddlers died in 2014 after the company's MALM chests fell on them: A 2-year-old boy from West Chester, Pennsylvania perished after a 6-drawer MALM chest tipped over, and a 23-month-old child from Snohomish, Washington died after being trapped under a 3-drawer MALM chest.
Since 1989, IKEA has received also three reports of deaths attributed to other models of IKEA chests and dressers. CPSC has also received 14 additional reports of tip-overs, four of which resulted in injuries. The agency has been working with IKEA for the past six months on this repair program.
Roughly 7 million MALM chests and 20 million other IKEA chests and dressers are part of the repair program. Models include MALM 3- and 4-drawer chests and two styles of MALM 6-drawer chests, as well as other chests and dressers. The MALM chests were sold starting in 2002 and range in price from about $80 to $200.
According to IKEA, all IKEA children’s chests and dressers taller than 23½ inches and adult chests and dressers taller than 29½ inches must be attached to the wall, per the assembly instructions.
A child dies every two weeks and one is injured every 24 minutes in the U.S. from furniture or TVs tipping over according to CPSC.
IKEA is encouraging customers to order the free wall anchoring kit for the chests and dressers at issue. The kit contains replacement tip-over restraints, instructions and tools for anchoring the furniture to the wall. To receive a free wall anchoring kit, visit an IKEA store, register on the IKEA website or call 888-966-4532.
This is not the first time this year that IKEA has been in the news. In January it recalled more than 150,000 crib mattresses after reports of children becoming trapped in their cribs.
Here's a video from IKEA on how to secure your furniture and prevent tip-over accidents.