IKEA, the popular Swedish brand known for its low-priced, modern furniture, is recalling nearly 27 million chests and dressers because they can easily fall on children if they aren’t properly anchored to the walls.
Last year, there were two separate incidents where the popular MALM chests, which weren’t secured to the wall, fell on two different children, killing them both. In February 2014, a 2-year-old from West Chester, Pennsylvania was pinned between his bed and chest when a MALM six-drawer chest tipped over onto him. Then in June 2014, a MALM three-drawer chest fell on a 23-month-old in Snohomish, Washington.
While the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) classifies this as a recall, you don’t actually have to return your furniture to stores. Instead, IKEA has announced a recall program “that includes a free wall anchoring kit for their MALM 3- and 4-drawer chests and two styles of MALM 6-drawer chests, and other chest and dressers. … About 7 million MALM chests and 20 million other IKEA chests and drawers are part of the nationwide repair program.”
These two stories prove that we can never be too safe when young kids are around. In fact, USA Today reports that “a child dies every two weeks and one is injured every 24 minutes in the U.S. from furniture or TVs tipping over, according to CPSC data.” If taking 30 minutes to secure our furniture to the walls can change this, it’s time we all do out part.
To request your free wall anchoring kit, visit IKEA: Secure IT, call 888-966-4532, or visit an IKEA store.More On