Ikea recall millions of dressers after deaths of three children

Recalled: IKEA MALM 6-drawer dresser is one of the items recalled by the company.
Recalled: IKEA MALM 6-drawer dresser is one of the items recalled by the company.

Furniture giant Ikea is recalling and issuing refunds for more than 35 million chests and dressers in North America after three children died when the furniture tipped over on them.

The company has recalled about 29 million chests and dressers blamed in the deaths of three children in the America, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, along with a further 6 million sold in Canada.

The furniture can tip if not anchored to the wall, potentially causing severe or fatal injuries to children, according to IKEA’s own website.

Ikea said that anyone who owns one of the pieces of furniture, and has not attached it to a wall, should take it out of the reach of children.

Details on the recalled furniture

According to the website, participating consumers can receive a full or partial refund or a free wall-anchoring repair kit.

Consumers are advide to 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.

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However, some of the items are still on sale in Ireland and the UK as the decision is based on compliance with a U.S. standard but Ikea are warning parents to ensure that all household furniture is correctly fixed.

  • Secure it! Furniture must be securely attached to the wall. Use the tip-over restraint provided with the product and the right hardware for your wall type. Consult our wall anchoring guide for help. 
  • Never put a TV or other heavy objects on top of a chest of drawers or any furniture not intended for use with a TV. 
  • Place heavy objects in the lowest drawers. 
  • Never let children climb or hang on drawers, doors or shelves.

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