This is scary: Ikea announced that it is voluntarily recalling 29 million dressers and chests after at least six children under the age of four have been killed when a dresser toppled over and crushed them.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, at least 36 children have been injured by the furniture, which is apparently prone to falling over when not anchored to the wall. The deaths date back to 1989 and are as recent as this February, the CPSC said.
“Enough is enough,” CPSC chairman Elliot Kaye told ABC News. “These are inherently very dangerous and unstable products if children are around them.”
Those who own dressers in question (see a full list here) are eligible to receive a full refund if the furniture was manufactured between 2002 and 2016, or store credit if it was manufactured prior to 2002. Consumers could also be sent a repair kit if they want to keep the dresser, and the CPSC said that Ikea will send a crew to customers’ homes to anchor the dresser to the wall for those who do not wish to do it themselves. Until safety precautions have been taken, CPSC recommends storing the furniture away from children.
Three of the children were killed by Ikea’s Malm dresser, while the others were crushed by other styles.
“It is clear that there are still unsecured products in customers’ homes, and we believe that taking further action is the right thing to do,” Ikea said in a statement about the recall. “We will continue to work collaboratively with the CPSC on tip-over prevention, development of the ASTM standard, and innovations that will enhance product safety and further reduce the risk of tip-overs.”