IKEA recalls 29 million chests and dressers after 6 children die

IKEA has voluntarily recalled more than 29 million chests and dressers saying they are serious tip-over hazards. The Consumer Product Safety Commission said six children, all under the age of four, have died as a result of being crushed by the products.

An IKEA product recall statement said, “The recalled chests and dressers are unstable if they are not properly anchored to the wall, posing a tip-over and entrapment hazard that can result in death or injuries to children.”

The recall affects children’s chests and dressers taller than 23.5 inches and adult chests and dressers taller than 29.5 inches that do not meet the performance requirements of the U.S. voluntary industry standard. The recalled MALM chests and dressers were manufactured and sold through June 2016, and include three-drawer, four-drawer, five-drawer and six-drawer models. Other IKEA chests and dressers in this recall were sold at various times through June 2016.

IKEA is offering a full or partial refund or free wall-anchoring repair kit to consumers.

A press release from the Consumer Product Safety Commission said IKEA received reports of two children who died after MALM chests tipped over and fell on them. The recommended that consumers immediately stop using all IKEA children’s chests and dressers taller than 23-½ inches and adult chests and dressers taller than 29-½ inches, unless they are securely anchored to the wall. Additionally, the commission advises the free wall anchoring kit should be used to secure MALM and other IKEA chests and dressers to the wall.

CPSC and IKEA received a report that in February 2014, a two-year-old boy from West Chester, Pennsylvania, died after a MALM six-drawer chest tipped over and pinned him against his bed, killing the child. Additionally, CPSC and IKEA received a report that in June 2014, a 23-month old child from Snohomish, Washington, died after being trapped under a three-drawer MALM chest that tipped over. Neither chest had been secured to the wall.

IKEA and CPSC have also received 14 reports of tip-over incidents involving MALM chests, resulting in four injuries. Since 1989, IKEA is aware of three additional reports of deaths from tip-overs involving other models of IKEA chests and dressers.

A complete list of the recalled items can be found by clicking the link: Recall list