We talk about childproofing your home a lot here at Baby Gizmo, especially when it comes to anchoring furniture. The CSPC states that 1 child dies every two weeks from furniture tipping over onto them, and a child is injured every 24 minutes from furniture or TV falling. That statistic is too high.
Back in July 2015, we told you that IKEA was issuing a repair program for 27 million dressers, which included anchoring hardware, instructions and warning labels, after two toddler deaths.
Sadly, it is now being reported that another toddler recently passed away from an IKEA MALM dresser falling on them. This is the third toddler since 2014.
“We are announcing this recall today given the recent tragic death of a third child. 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 representative Christina Kaiser said in a statement Monday.
LATEST: Below is the full statement from IKEA USA.
“IKEA Recalls MALM and Other Models of Chests and Dressers Due to Serious Tip-Over Hazard. Consumers Urged to Anchor Chests and Dressers or Return for Refund
The recalled chests and dressers are unstable if they are not properly anchored to the wall, posing a tip-over and entrapment hazard that can result in death or injuries to children.
The recall affects children’s chests and dressers taller than 23.5 inches and adult chests and dressers taller than 29.5 inches that do not meet the performance requirements of the U.S. voluntary industry standard. The recalled MALM chests and dressers were manufactured and sold through June 2016 and include the 3-drawer, 4-drawer, 5-drawer and 6-drawer models. Other IKEA chests and dressers in this recall were sold at various times through June 2016.
Participating consumers can receive a full or partial refund or a free wall-anchoring repair kit.
Please immediately stop using any recalled chest or dresser that is not properly anchored to the wall and place in an area not accessible to children.
For a list of chests and dressers affected by this recall, please click here.
Contact IKEA for a choice between two options: a free wall-anchoring repair kit or a full or partial refund.
Free wall-anchoring repair kit
To order a free wall-anchoring repair kit, please click here.
Full or partial refund
If you are unable or unwilling to attach your chest or dresser to the wall using the repair kit, or if you are not comfortable that your chest or dresser has been properly attached to the wall, please click here.
For more information about the recall, please click here.
To participate in the recall or for additional information, please call (866) 856-4532 from 9 a.m. to 12 midnight ET.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. At IKEA, safety is the priority.”
Note, on one of the links, IKEA states:
If you do not want the chest or dresser in your home and desire a refund, you should bring it back to your closest IKEA store or contact IKEA toll free at (866) 856-4532 to have IKEA come to your home and remove the chest or dresser free of charge. We will provide you with 1) a full refund if the chest or dresser was manufactured between January 1, 2002 and June 28, 2016; 2) a store credit for 50% of the original purchase price if the product was manufactured before January 2002; or 3) a $50 store credit if the date stamp is unidentifiable.
Even if you do not have IKEA furniture, childproofing saves lives. Here is Hollie’s segment on WBTV discussing how to childproof your home.