Eighth child death from fallen IKEA dresser prompts recall reminder

IKEA recalled certain dressers last year.

Story highlights

  • Eight children have died as a result of recalled dressers that have tipped
  • Consumers can return dresser or have it anchored to the wall

(CNN)Amid reports of another child death, IKEA is reminding customers who purchased some of its dressers that they need to be fastened to the wall or they may tip and fall. The reminder is part of the company's reannouncement of a 2016 recall of many of its dressers and chests following reports of injuries and deaths of children.

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.
More than 17 million IKEA dressers were recalled.
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 dresser