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IKEA Has Recalled 29 Million Items After An Eighth Child Died

IKEA Reannounces Recall of MALM and Other Models of Chests and Dressers Due to Serious Tip-over Hazard; 8th Ikea recalls 29 million chests and dressers after death of EIGHTH child
Lindsey Cook | 22 November, 2017, 21:08

Swedish company IKEA is once again recalls chests of drawers Malm series in the United States of America in connection with the received information announcing the death of a child of two years.

The latest victim was a 2-year-old California boy who was crushed by a Malm dresser after being put down for a nap in his bedroom in May. He's the eighth child under the age of three to have been killed under an Ikea dresser.

The reminder is part of the company's re-announcement of a 2016 recall of many of its dressers and chests following reports of injuries and deaths of children.

IKEA is urging customers with the affected chests and dressers to return them for a refund or for fix.

The company is offering free pickup for people who want to return them and can get a full refund, or a free kit that can anchor the furniture to the wall. That means securing the chest of drawers to the wall according to the assembly instructions, using the tip-over restraint provided with the product.

Ann Marie Buerkle, chair of the Consumer Product Safety Commission, said Ikea had "worked hard" on the recall and had provided options that "as least burdensome to the consumer as it could be". Once they're anchored, they're safe and meet US safety standards, the company says.

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Lawyer Alan Feldman, an attorney for the Dudek family whose son was killed in May, has said that the recall in 2016 was not effective. "Instead, we are convinced that we can make a difference by raising awareness among consumers of the tip-over risks and how to prevent them through the global Secure it! campaign". More than 90 children have been injured by them.

Without the wall mounting kit, the products can easily tip over causing injury or death. Ikea will even send a crew to install the wall mounts for you.

The dressers in question were sold online and in stores between January of 2002 and June 2016.

The IKEA Malm furniture range.

Chests and dressers from Ikea's MALM line have been recalled due to a tipping hazard, according to a release from the Consumer Product Safety Commission on November 21, 2017.

Anchor furniture to walls.