Ikea Recalls 29 Million Dressers and Chests Due to Safety Concerns

Ikea Recalls 29 Million Dressers and Chests Due to Safety Concerns

The biggest furniture seller in the world, Ikea, based in Sweden, has announced that it will be recalling 29 million chests and dressers in the United States. While many parents are aware of the risks of having furniture in a baby’s nursery, or other location where a child frequently plays or visits, many news stories have emerged about the dangers of toddlers being fatally injured when the Ikea dresser in question tips over and crushes them. The recall from Ikea comes as a result of six toddlers being crushed to death when the Ikea dresser tipped over.

This highlights just how dangerous furniture tipping can be. Consumer protection groups have been speaking out about this issue for many years, primarily because of the danger posed when not fastened, or appropriately fastened, to the wall. According to the Ikea Chief Executive Officer, anchoring furniture to the wall is essential and is always included in Ikea’s assembly instructions. No deaths have been associated with furniture that has been appropriately secured to the wall. Many parents, however, don’t realize the risks of not properly adhering the furniture to the wall before using it.

Furniture Tipping Injuries Are More Common Than You Think

Between 2000 and 2013, more than 430 deaths were reported as a result of furniture tip-over accidents. Furniture that tips over and hurts people accounts for up to 38,000 injuries every single year, according to the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission. Children, however, are at increased risk of severe injury.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, around 9,800 of the annual injuries associated with furniture tipping occur with age 9 and younger. Approximately 4,000 of these accidents happen with children younger than age 3. Although voluntary safety standards are in place across the furniture industry to help prevent injury and death from furniture tipping, there is speculation that Ikea was not in compliance with this standard. Ikea has recalled 8 million of the MALM dresser line and chest line sold from 2002 through June 2016.

The recall also affects a further 21 million children and adult size dressers and chests. Last summer Ikea attempted to offer free wall anchoring kits for all furniture but unfortunately, far too many owners of this furniture did not realize the risks and did not take advantage of that offer.

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