Swedish furniture company IKEA announced a recall of over 30 million chests and dressers in the United States in the wake of at least six tragedies where toddlers were killed in tip-over incidents.
The recall consists of six models of MALM chests or dressers manufactured from 2002 to 2016. The Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that a child dies, on average, about once every two weeks in incidents involving the tipping of furniture or television sets. Each year, over 35,000 people visit hospital Emergency Rooms as a result of furniture toppling accidents, a majority of whom are children under the age of five. In many of these incidents, the furniture topples over when the toddler attempts to climb the dresser using the drawers.
Many American furniture manufacturers comply with voluntary safety standards that require a dresser’s drawer to sustain fifty (50) pounds of weight without toppling over. Reportedly, all of the recalled IKEA furniture failed that test. As part of the agreement, Ikea agreed to collect any affected furniture from consumers’ houses and issue a refund, or install an additional safety feature that allegedly secures the dresser to the wall.
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