We’ve talked about this before and this is important! Dressers, chests, entertainment centers and other tall furniture can literally become killing machines if not anchored to the wall around children!
A child dies every two weeks and a child is injured every 24 minutes in the U.S. from furniture or TVs tipping over, according to CPSC data. To help prevent injuries and deaths, CPSC and IKEA urge consumers to securely anchor furniture and TVs to prevent these tragedies and make their home a safer place.
Today’s “recall” (but really non-recall) has to do with the fact that two children died after IKEA’s MALM chests fell on them in 2014. Since 1989, IKEA says it knows of reports of three additional deaths from tip-overs involving other models of IKEA chests and dressers.
Actually to be fair, this is NOT a recall but a repair program because the dressers actually included anchoring kits. But after two deaths, Ikea wanted to provide free kits to the 27 million people who purchased qualifying chests of drawers or dressers. The free kit includes replacement tip-over restraints, wall-anchoring hardware, instructions and warning labels to be affixed to the furniture. IKEA issued a “repair program” in conjunction with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, providing free anchoring kits to anyone with children’s drawers taller than 23½ inches or adult dressers and drawer chests taller than 29½ inches.
Whether it is a recall or repair program, this is still SO important!
About 7 million MALM chests and 20 million other IKEA chests and dressers are part of this nationwide repair program.
In February 2014, a 2-year-old boy from West Chester, Pa., died after a MALM 6-drawer chest tipped over and fatally pinned him against his bed. A nearly two-year-old child from Snohomish, Wash., died in June of last year after he became trapped beneath a three-drawer MALM chest that tipped over. Neither chest was secured to the wall.
IKEA and CPSC also have 14 reports of tip-over incidents involving MALM chests that led to four injuries. Since 1989, IKEA is aware of three other reports of deaths from tip-overs involving other IKEA chests and dressers.
The free repair kit is for MALM chests, IKEA children’s chests and dressers taller than 23 ½ inches, and IKEA adult chests and dressers taller than 29 ½ inches. The kit has replacement tip-over restraints and complete wall anchoring hardware, instructions and warning labels.
CPSC and IKEA are urging consumers to inspect their IKEA chests and dressers to make sure they are securely anchored to the wall. Consumers should move unanchored chests and dressers into storage or other areas where they cannot be accessed by children until the chests and dressers are properly anchored to the wall.
The MALM chests that are part of the repair program were sold starting in 2002. The price of the chests range from about $80 to $200.
To receive a free wall-anchoring kit, consumers can visit an IKEA store, register at www.IKEA-USA.com/saferhomestogether, or call toll-free (888) 966-4532.