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Millions Of Ikea Dressers Recalled

USA: A voluntary recall of millions of Ikea chests and drawers have been issued after the death of three children in the past two years from dresser tip-over accidents. Malm dressers and chests with three or more drawers, and some other Ikea models are affected in this recall.

The dressers that are not secured to a wall are vulnerable to tipping over if pulled by a child. If a child attempts to climb over a dresser with drawers open, even heavy dressers could tip over and land on top of the child.

Ikea launched a program that offered free wall-mounting kits to consumers and encouraged them to secure the dressers to the wall after the death of three children in two years involving Ikea’s Malm dressers.

NPR reported that the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission(CPSC) noted other earlier tip-over incidents as well and dozens of non-fatal accidents involving other Ikea furniture models.

The third death in two years had propelled Ikea and the CPSC to announce the recalling of Malm and other models of tall dressers. Shoppers will be able to request for a refund or ask for a free wall anchoring kit. Dressers purchased after 2002 will be qualified for a full refund while older furniture will be compensated with partial store credit.

“If you have or think you have one of these products, act immediately,” said CPSC Chairman Elliot Kaye. “It is simply too dangerous to have the recalled furniture in your home unanchored, especially if you have young children.”

“The products are not designed to be freestanding; they are designed to be attached to the wall,” Ikea U.S. President Lars Petersson tells NPR. “We have taken this very, very strong step in order to communicate a way to attach to the wall, but also to make sure that this becomes a very strong culture for people, as strong as putting on your seat belt when you are driving a car.”

According to Peterson, Ikea will only sell products that meet CPSC stability guidelines in their current design and the recalled dressers will no longer be available. Petersson also added that even those dressers should be anchored.

“Chest of drawers which are not attached to the wall are not completely safe …the only completely safe thing is actually to have them attached to the wall,” he says.