Toddler deaths prompt IKEA to ‘recall’ millions of chests

Furniture giant issues a warning to use mount walls after two children killed in US because of overturned chests

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Swedish furniture maker has called its customers to use wall mounts and offered free service for 27 million chests and dressers following the deaths of two toddlers in the US.

“Product safety is the highest priority for IKEA and IKEA chests and dressers are safe when attached to the wall as directed in the assembly instructions,” an IKEA spokeswoman has told the English newspaper Daily Mail.

Ikea, which owns nearly 300 stores in 27 countries has warned its customers to use mount walls to affix their furniture and offered free service for the ones already sold, including 7 million Malm drawers.

“Customers should immediately stop using all Ikea children’s chests and dressers taller than 23.5 inches and adult chests and dressers taller than 29.5in, unless they are securely anchored to the wall,” a spokesman for the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CSPC) has told The Independent, stressing the products are “unstable when built.”

A two year old boy in Pennsylvania died after an Ikea Malm six-drawer chest fell on him in February 2014. Another 23-month old toddler also died after a three-drawer Malm chest overturned on him.

Experts warn that children must be kept away from furniture unless they are affixed heavily onto a wall.

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