IKEA is re-announcing an active recall of 17.3 Million chests and dressers after an 8th child has died as a result of a tip-over.
IKEA’s MALM line of 3, 4, 5, and 6 drawer dressers for children and adults were previously recalled for failure to comply with voluntary industry standards that prevent tip-over accidents. Other IKEA dressers are included in the same recall for similar hazards.
The dressers are made out of particleboard or fiberboard and come in a variety of colors, including: white, birch, medium brown, black-brown, white stained oak, oak, pink, turquoise, grey, grey-turquoise, lilac, green, brown stained ash, and black.
To see a complete list of chests and dressers included in this recall, click here.
Consumers MUST take action
Consumers are strongly urged to immediately stop using any recalled dresser that is not anchored to the wall. Owners can either return the dresser for a refund or follow-up with IKEA for repairs. Keeping these dressers in a home with small children can prove tragic. Those with questions can contact IKEA toll-free at 866-856-4532 anytime, or visit the recall page on the IKEA website.
Eight children have died in tragic tip-over accidents
IKEA has received 186 reports of tip-over accidents involving the MALM dressers, including 91 reports of injuries to children. Additionally, IKEA has received 113 reports of tip-over accidents involving non-MALM dressers, including 53 reports of injuries to children.
Eight deaths have been reported as a result of a dresser tip-over, including:
- May 2017: A 2-year-old boy in Buena Park, Calif. died after he became trapped beneath an unanchored MALM 3-drawer chest that tipped over
- February 2016: A 22-month-old boy from Apple Valley, Minn. died after an unanchored MALM 6-drawer chest fell on top of him.
- June 2014: A 23-month-old boy from Snohomish, Wash. died after he became trapped beneath an unanchored MALM 3-drawer chest that tipped over.
- February 2014: A 2-year-old boy from West Chester, Pa. died after an unanchored MALM 6-drawer chest tipped over fatally pinning him against his bed.
- September 2011: A 2-year-old boy from Woodbridge, Va. died after an unanchored MALM 3-drawer chest tipped over and trapped him between the dresser drawers.
- October 2007: A 3-year-old girl from Chula Vista, Calif. died after a KURS 3-drawer chest tipped over and fatally pinned her to the floor. It is unknown whether the dresser was anchored or not.
- March 2002: A 2½-year-old boy from Cranford, N.J. died after an unanchored RAKKE 5-drawer chest tipped over and fatally pinned him to the floor.
- July 1989: A 20-month-old girl from Mt. Vernon, Va. died after an unanchored GUTE 4-drawer chest tipped over and pinned her against the footboard of a youth bed.
New Jersey and Philadelphia Personal Injury Attorneys
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