Ikea, the world’s largest furniture retailer, announced this week to recall 29 million dressers and chests, including 8 million from Ikea’s Malm line and 21 million other dressers and chests, after three deaths in two years and numbers of injuries.
The accidents were caused by the tip-over Ikea furniture. All of the three children, Theodore McGee, Camden Ellis and Curren Collas were between 22 months and 2 years old and the tragedy happened at home. In 2014, Curren Collas was found trapped underneath the dresser when his mother was about to dress him for breakfast. In addition to the three deaths, Ikea also received reports of 41 tip-over incidents and 19 injuries.
Ikea started to take measures to stop the incidents. In July 2015, Consumer Product Safety Commission(CPSC) and Ikea announced a repair program including a wall-anchoring kit to prevent the chests and dressers from falling over. However, after the repair program, more accidents were reported and CPSC declared that wall-anchoring was not enough.
“It needs to be recalled,” said Pamela Gilbert, the former director of the CPSC, “And I think Ikea needs to spend a lot of money making sure everybody knows about it.” Besides the recall of 29 million dressers and chests in the U.S., 6.6 million units sold in Canada were also recalled by Ikea in Canada.
Customers who bought dressers and chests made between January 2002 and June 2016 will receive a refund from Ikea, and customers who bought chests and dressers made before January 2002 will get partial store credit. CPSC also asked customers to stop using recalled dressers and chests that has risk of tipping over and customers should ask Ikea for refund or a wall-anchoring kit.
“We applaud the CPSC for taking a tough stand in support of consumer product safety by demanding that IKEA take concrete action to get these defective dressers off the market. It should not have taken repeated injuries and deaths over many years before IKEA finally responded to the potential hazard it placed in millions of American homes.” said Alan Feldman, the attorney that has filed suit on behalf of the toddlers’ families.