IKEA has recalled all it’s line of MALM chest and dressers after three children were crushed to death in the last two years in the US and Canada.
IKEA wesbite states “Consumers should immediately stop using any recalled chest and dresser that is not properly anchored to the wall and place it into an area that children cannot access. Contact IKEA for a choice between two options: refund or a free wall-anchoring repair kit.”
Around 65 million of this particular series has been sold worldwide over the past 13 years and the recall is on a massive scale. IKEA started offering ‘wall mount’ sets last July to stabilise the units to the wall and warned customers to fix the units to the wall.
IKEA is currently facing two wrongful death suits for the deaths of two-year old Curren Collis of Penn, USA and 23-month old Camden Ellis of Washington. A third child, Theodore McGee died February 2016 after the drawers tipped over and crushed him. IKEA had to call the crime scene cleanup jobs after each of the deaths to help them clean the area.
The recall does not apply to the UK or Ireland at present. Although, if you have these units in your home, be sure to check they are correctly fixed against the wall as per the instructions.
IKEA has a Secure It! Campaign in the US that sends out the hardware for securing the units.
You can read the recall notice on the IKEA website here.
If you are in the UK, although there is no recall on this series, we would urge you to purchase the wall mounting kit if you haven’t already got one or have bought the drawers second hand.
IKEA UK says “Should any customer be concerned about their furniture, they are welcome to contact us on 0203 6450010 to request a free restraint kit if the original one was disposed of.”
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