CONSUMER WARNING IKEA DRESSER RECALL: Millions of IKEA Malm dressers are being recalled after the tragic deaths of three children
IKEA is recalling millions of dressers in North American after the deaths of three toddlers in the United States from a falling Malm IKEA dresser.
In the wake of the fatalities, the Swedish furniture giant has stopped selling its popular Malm dresser, which poses a serious tipping hazard.
The 29 million units of recalled chests and dressers include: MALM 3-drawer, 4-drawer, 5-drawer and three 6-drawer models and other children’s and adult chests and dressers.
Safety officials say the recalled chests and dressers are unstable if they are not properly anchored to the wall, posing a serious tip-over and entrapment hazard that can result in death or serious injuries to children.
IKEA is urging Canadian and U.S. customers to make sure their IKEA dressers are properly secured to the wall and to immediately stop using them if they’re not.
Customers can get a repair kit or refund for any unattached dressers manufactured between January 2002 and June 2016 that don’t comply with safety standards.
Chests of drawers manufactured prior to 2002 will be eligible for a partial store credit
Going forward, IKEA Canada says it will only sell chests of drawers that meet the voluntary North American ASTM standard requirements on free-standing stability.
“IKEA Canada takes its role as a responsible retailer very seriously and we want to raise the awareness of the hazard of furniture tip-over in Canadians’ homes,” IKEA Canada president Stefan Sjöstrand said in a statement.
Officials at the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission say a total of six children in the U.S. have died since 1989 and more than 40 injuries have been reported.
The most recent fatality was from a Mahm dresser in February in Minnesota.
A full list of affected chests of drawers can be found on IKEA’s website at www.ikea.ca/saferhomestogether