- Eight children have died as a result of recalled dressers that have tipped
- Consumers can return dresser or have it anchored to the wall
There have been 186 reports of Malm dressers tipping; 91 of them resulted in injuries. In addition, there have been 113 reports of other dressers tipping, 53 of them causing injuries. In all, eight children have died from injuries from recalled dressers since 1989, according to IKEA.
The most recent death was in May, when a 2-year-old boy from California who became trapped by an IKEA Malm three-drawer chest that was not fastened to the wall. This death prompted Tuesday's reminder from the US Consumer Product Safety Commission
and IKEA. When asked about the six months that have passed since the death, the agency said it launched an investigation as soon as it learned of the incident.
The 17.3 million recalled dressers sold in the United States included child dressers taller than 23.5 inches and adult dressers taller than 29.5 inches. (IKEA previously estimated a larger number of dressers as part of the recall but has adjusted that number.) All were sold online and in IKEA stores between January 2002 and June 2016 for $70 to $200 each. Some additional chests and dressers included in the recall were sold between 1985 and June 2016. The company set up a website to help consumers identify
dressers that have been recalled.
Owners of the recalled dressers should stop using them if they are not attached to a wall and should contact IKEA. They can choose between a refund or a free kit to fasten the furniture. IKEA is offering free pickup for those who want to return dressers or free in-home anchoring service on request.
"While the threat is serious, the solution is simple. Anchor TVs, furniture and appliances in the home. And when product recalls are announced, act on them immediately," the recall announcement proclaims. It also noted that "tip-over incidents often occur when curious kids climb on furniture in an attempt to access TVs, toys, remotes or other desired items."
In July 2015, IKEA offered repair kits and warned owners of the dressers to anchor them to the wall following reports of two children's deaths in 2014.
After additional reports of injuries and deaths from these dressers tipping, the company issued a recall in June 2016
. The recall included all Malm dressers and chests and some additional dressers.