- Courtesy IKEA
- The recall affects children’s chests and dressers taller than 23.5 inches and adult chests and dressers taller than 29.5 inches.
With the president of Ikea's U.S. operations urging consumers to move dangerous dressers out of children's bedrooms, the world-famous retailer announced June 27 it would recall at least 29 million dressers and chests because they can tip over, putting children in harm's way.
"Please take them out of the room," Ikea USA President Lars Peterson told NBC News, adding the company would now longer sell its "Malm" series of dressers
The Washington Post reports the recall comes in the shadow of three recent deaths. In each case, The Post reports, the death was linked to tipped-over Ikea furniture.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports Ikea has been told about 41 tip-over incidents involving the Malm chests and dressers. The CPSC has asked customers to immediately stop using any of the chests and dressers that aren't anchored to a wall and contact Ikea for a refund or wall-anchoring kit.
In a statement regarding the voluntary recall, Ikea said “a child in the U.S. dies every two weeks from furniture, appliances or TVs tipping over,” stressing that the company instituted a repair kit program last year “to communicate the importance of wall attachment, which resulted in the distribution of 300,000 kits to consumers who had not used their original hardware.”