Update, 4/18/2016: A Minnesota toddler is the latest child to die after an IKEA MALM dresser tipped over. Theodore “Ted” McGee was put down for a nap in his bedroom, but when his mother checked on him 20 minutes later, she found the six-drawer chest had fallen on top of her son. “They didn’t hear the dresser fall,” the family’s attorney Alan Feldman said. “They didn’t hear Ted scream.”
The McGees, who hadn’t heard about the repair program last July, are pursuing a lawsuit against the retailer for not issuing a stronger warning. Both the Consumer Product Safety Commission and IKEA are investigating the death.
Original Story, 7/22/2015: IKEA may be known for their easy-to-assemble furniture and endless home decor options, but the Sweden-based company is currently gaining attention for a slightly less appealing reason. Apparently, there are potential dangers associated with their classic MALM collection and other pieces.
In conjunction with the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the retailer just announced that they are recalling 27 million chests and dressers because they can tip over and crush children if they aren’t properly anchored to the wall.
The news comes after two children died after furniture fell on them in 2014, though the company says it has been made aware of 14 other reports of tip-over incidents that led to four injuries and three additional deaths from tip-overs since 1989.
In a statement, IKEA’s U.S. commercial manager Patty Lobell said they are “deeply saddened” by the deaths and hope “our efforts prevent further tragedies.” Beyond the recall, those efforts include a new repair program in which consumers who have purchased any of the 7 million MALM chests and 20 million other IKEA chests included, can order or pick up a new free wall anchoring kit instead of returning the furniture.
But CPSC Chairman Elliot Kaye doesn’t want IKEA to stop there, as he hopes the company will lead the way by setting an example for the entire furniture industry to follow.
“Today is a positive step and I commend IKEA for taking that step,” said Kaye. “But they need to do more and to make more stable furniture and they need to help lead industry.”
[h/t USA Today]