The Consumer Product Safety Commission prompts the voluntary recall of about 29 million chests and dressers sold by Ikea retailer that led to at least six children crushed to death by toppling Ikea chests.
“Enough is enough,” CPSC chairman Elliot Kaye told David Kerley in ABC News.
“These are inherently very dangerous and unstable products if children are around them.” Elliot Kaye added.
Ikea and CPSC told ABC that at least 36 children was injured by Ikea chests and dressers, which are prone to tip over when they are not anchored to the wall. CPSC said the deaths of all children under age of 4 was dated back on 1989 and February was the recent.
The company is offering a refund or repair kit for affected dressers, including the MALM and other styles, the CPSC said. Further details were not immediately available. Furniture manufactured between 2002 and 2016 will entitle customers to a full refund; consumers can receive a partial store credit for items manufactured before 2002.
Ikea company offering a refund or repair kit for affected dressers including MALM and other styles, as CPSC said. But further details were not immediately available. Furniture manufactured between 2002 and 2016 will give customers a full refund, while consumers can receive partial store credit for items manufactured before 2002.
CPSC said that upon request, the company will send a crew to install wall anchor for customers don’t managed to do it themselves. CPSC encouraged consumers to store the dresser where children won’t have access to it. Four of the deaths were result of unanchored chests.
Jaquelyn Collas, of Pennsylvania, found her 2-year-old son pinned between his bed and an Ikea MALM dresser in February 2014, as she told ABC News.
According to the amended complaint of Collas, filed May 2015, Collas sued Ikea claiming the company failed to warn consumers that front-heavy dressers were potentially dangerous.
“I didn’t know to anchor my furniture and, in my mind, I feel that we really shouldn’t have to,” Collas told ABC News.
“Get rid of it, it’s dangerous, it’s a really dangerous product.” Collas added.
Ikea answered to the suit as it denied allegations of manufacturing defect or inadequate warning.
“Defendants expressly deny any alleged negligence and carelessness, failure with regard to inadequate warnings or instructions, and the allegation that the dresser was improperly designed, improperly manufactured, defective, unreasonably dangerous or unsafe.”
“Since then, we have been in close contact with the CPSC to evaluate the success of the repair program and the impact it is having on consumers’ actions. We are announcing this recall today given the recent tragic death of a third child,” IKEA statement said, referring to the number of children killed by MALM dressers. Three other children have been killed by other IKEA chests styles.
“It is clear that there are still unsecured products in customers’ homes, and we believe that taking further action is the right thing to do,” Ikea continued.
“We will continue to work collaboratively with the CPSC on tip-over prevention, development of the ASTM standard, and innovations that will enhance product safety and further reduce the risk of tip-overs.” Ikea added in the statement.