IKEA has finally issued a recall of chests and dressers that pose a serious
risk to young children. The defective furniture is unstable if not properly
anchored to the wall, which poses a potentially fatal tip-over and entrapment hazard.
Tragically, a 2-year-old boy from Pennsylvania, a 23-month old boy from
Washington, a 22-month-old boy from Minnesota, and three other children
lost their lives after an IKEA chest or dresser tipped over and on to
them. IKEA has also received reports of 41 tip-over incidents involving
the MALM chests and dressers, resulting in 17 injuries to children between
the ages of 19 months and 10 years old.
In 2015, IKEA announced a
repair program for the chests and dressers that included a free wall-anchoring repair
kit for the MALM chests and dressers and other IKEA chests and dressers.
However, tip-over incidents continue to occur. "It is simply too
dangerous to have the recalled furniture in your home unanchored, especially
if you have young children," CPSC Chairman Elliott Kaye said in a
In the United States, the IKEA recall includes approximately eight million
MALM chests and dressers and 21 million other models of chests and dressers.
It covers six models of MALM chests or dressers manufactured from 2002
to 2016 and about 100 other models of chests or dressers.
described in the recall notice, the MALM chests and dressers are constructed of particleboard or fiberboard
and are white, birch (veneer), medium brown, black-brown, white stained
oak (veneer), oak (veneer), pink, turquoise, grey, grey-turquoise, lilac,
green, brown stained ash (veneer), and black. A 5-digit supplier number,
4-digit date stamp, IKEA logo, country of origin and “MALM”
are printed on the underside of the top panel or inside the side panel.
The CPSC advises that 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. IKEA is providing consumers
two options: a refund or free wall-anchoring repair kit.
As we previously discussed on this San Diego Injury Blog, a child dies
every two weeks and a child is injured every 24 minutes in the United
States from furniture or televisions tipping over. Accordingly, it is
imperative to anchor heavy furniture that could pose risks to small children.
If your child or someone you care about has suffered serious harm due to
a recalled or otherwise defective IKEA children’s product, you may
be entitled to compensation. To discuss your legal rights, contact
a San Diego product liability lawyer at the Law Offices of Robert Vaage
for a free consultation.