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Deadly IKEA Furniture Tip-Overs Prompt Recall

IKEA is recalling more than 27 million dressers and chests that pose a tip-over risk to small children. Tragically, two children died after the bedroom furniture tipped over and fell on them.

As we have previously highlighted 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.

The IKEA recall involves 7 million MALM chests and 20 million other IKEA chests and dressers. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the furniture can tip over if not attached to the wall, posing an entrapment hazard.

Tragically, the defective dressers and chests are linked to several injuries and two deaths. In February 2014, a 2-year-old boy died after a MALM 6-drawer chest tipped over and fatally pinned him against his bed. In June 2014, a 23-month old child died after he became trapped beneath a 3-drawer MALM chest that tipped over. In both incidents, the furniture was not anchored to the wall. According to the CPSC, 14 additional tip-over incidents have occurred involving MALM chests, resulting in four injuries. Since 1989, IKEA is aware of three additional reports of deaths from tip-overs involving other models of IKEA chests and dressers.

The CPSC advises that consumers should immediately stop using all IKEA children’s chests and dressers taller than 23 ½ inches and adult chests and dressers taller than 29 ½ inches, unless they are securely anchored to the wall. If your furniture is not currently anchored, IKEA is offering a wall anchoring repair kit free of charge. Until the anchors are installed, the CPSC recommends that the defective chests and dressers be placed into storage or other areas where children can’t access them.

If your child or someone you love has been seriously injured by a dangerous or defective product, don’t hesitate to contact a San Diego product liability attorney at the Law Offices of Robert Vaage for a free consultation.