IKEA products have a lot going for them. Affordable, transportable, and lightweight, these flat-packed shelves, cabinets, and bed frames have been the salvation of many a college student. The furniture giant has found its way into the homes of millions of budget-conscious people around the world. Now, unfortunately, it might be in quite a few less.
As you might have seen in the news this week, IKEA has recalled several variants of one of its dressers. To make matters worse, this style of dresser's immense popularity means that IKEA is recalling 29 million units back to their stores.
To find out if you own one of the dressers affected, visit IKEA’s website. Most of the items featured on the recall list are from the MALM line of dressers. These include:
- MALM 3-drawer, sold between October 2002 and June 2016
- MALM 4-drawer, sold between June 2002 and June 2016
- MALM 5-drawer, sold between October 2002 and April 2006
- MALM 31 ½-inch 6-drawer, sold between June 2002 and June 2016
- MALM 15 ¾-inch 6-drawer, sold between April 2006 and June 2016
- MALM 63-inch 6-drawer long, sold between November 2002 and June 2016
The main issue surrounding these items involves their unfortunate tendency to fall over. When not properly anchored into a wall, the dressers can easily tip and crash if pulled on by the unwary. This has resulted in the deaths of three toddlers who were caught under the tumbling furniture. The full story as reported by NPR:
“In 2014, two children, both around 2 years old, died in tip-over accidents involving IKEA’s MALM dressers. The next year, the company launched a program offering free wall-mounting kits to consumers and encouraging them to attach dressers to the wall.
But in February, a third child, a 22-month-old boy in Minnesota, died after a MALM chest fell on top of him.
His family was renting their apartment, the Star Tribune reports, and were not allowed to put holes in their walls, as IKEA’s wall-mounting kits require.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, or CPSC, notes that there have been other tip-over incidents as well, including three earlier deaths involving other models of IKEA furniture, and dozens of accidents that did not result in deaths.
Now, after the third death in two years, IKEA and the CPSC have announced that MALM — and other models of tall dressers — are now being recalled. Consumers can still ask for a free wall anchoring kit, but they can also opt for a refund for their furniture. IKEA is providing full refunds for dressers purchased after 2002, and partial store credit for older furniture.”
So what do you do if you have one of the affected items in your home?
- Check the IKEA website to discover whether or not your furniture is affected by the recall.
- If your furniture is on the list, immediately stop using it and remove it from areas where children are present.
- You may either return your dresser to an IKEA location yourself or call (866) 856-4532 to have IKEA representatives come to your home to pick up the furniture for you, free of charge.
- If you decide to keep the affected furniture, you should anchor it securely to a wall. You can order a complimentary anchoring set from IKEA, or you can call (866) 854-4532 to have a team from IKEA come safely anchor your dresser for you.
- Any other questions can be directed to [email protected], or you can reach them by phone at (866) 854-4532 anytime between the hours of 9 am to midnight EST.
- Warn your children about the dangers of climbing on furniture, and keep them away from pieces that seem unstable.
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H/T: Inside Edition