The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in cooperation with IKEA, is announcing a repair program for a line of chests and dressers that pose a tip-over hazard.
The North American branch of the Swedish furniture giant announced the program after reports of 14 tip-overs, resulting in four injuries and two deaths. The MALM 3-, 4-, and 6- drawer chests are the models that have been causing the problem, as they are not securely anchored to wall. About 7 million MALM chests and 20 million other IKEA chests are part of the nationwide repair program.
IKEA is offering U.S. consumers a wall anchorage repair kit, free of charge. The kit contains replacement tip-over restraints for use by any consumer who has not secured their IKEA chest or dresser to the wall. It also includes hardware, instructions, and warning labels to be affixed to the furniture.
The CPSC and IKEA urge customers to inspect all IKEA chests and dressers to ensure that they are securely anchored to the wall. Consumers should move unanchored chests and dressers into storage where they cannot be accessed by children until the pieces are properly anchored.
The chests that are part of the repair program were sold starting in 2002. The price of the chests range from about$80to $200.
A child dies every two weeks and a child is injured every 24 minutes in the U.S. from furniture or TVs tipping over, according to CPSC data. To help prevent injuries and deaths, CPSC and IKEA urge consumers to securely anchor furniture and TVs to prevent these tragedies and make their home a safer place.
To receive a free wall anchoring kit, visit an IKEA store or call (888) 966-4532.