IKEA Reannounces Recall of 17.3 Million Chests and Dressers Due to Serious Tip-Over Hazard; Eighth Child Fatality Reported
Consumers are urged to act right away and choose between a refund or repair
IKEA is reannouncing the recall of its MALM and other children's and adult chests and dressers.
The recalled chests and dressers are unstable if they are not properly anchored to the wall, posing significant tip-over and entrapment hazards that can result in injuries or death to young children.
Approximately 17.3 million chests and dressers are being recalling (this number has been revised down from the previous recall announcement in June 2016 following updated information from IKEA).
This recall reannouncement involves MALM and other IKEA chests and dressers that do not comply with the requirements of the U.S. voluntary industry standard (ASTM F2057-14).
The recalled children's and adult chests and dressers include the MALM 3-drawer, 4-drawer, 5-drawer, and three 6-drawer models and other non-MALM models.
The MALM chests and dressers are constructed of particleboard or fiberboard and are white, birch (veneer), medium brown, black-brown, white stained oak (veneer), oak (veneer), pink, turquoise, grey, grey-turquoise, lilac, green, brown stained ash (veneer), and black. A 5-digit supplier number, 4-digit date stamp, IKEA logo, country of origin and MALM are printed on the underside of the top panel or inside the side panel.
Where and when were they sold?
The recalled chests and dressers were sold at IKEA stores nationwide and online at IKEA.com from January 2002 through June 2016 for between $70 and $200 each. Other chests and dressers subject to this recall were sold between approximately 1985 and June 2016.
Injuries and Deaths
To date, IKEA has received 186 reports of tip-over incidents involving the MALM chests and dressers, including 91 reports of injuries to children. In addition, IKEA has received 113 reports of tip-overs with other recalled IKEA chests and dressers, including 53 reports of injuries to children.
There have been eight reports of child tip-over related deaths with the recalled chests and dressers. The most recent reported death in May 2017 involved a 2-year-old boy in Buena Park, California after he became trapped beneath an unanchored MALM 3-drawer chest that tipped over.
What should consumers do?
Consumers should immediately stop using any recalled chest or dresser that is not properly anchored to the wall and place it in an area that children cannot access. Contact IKEA for a choice between two options: refund or a free wall-anchoring kit. IKEA will pick up the recalled dressers free of charge or provide a one-time, free in-home wall-anchoring service for consumers upon request.
Consumers can obtain assistance from IKEA through its website. Consumers with chests and dressers manufactured prior to January 2002 are eligible for a partial store credit.
Consumers with additional questions or concerns about this recall or the repair/refund process can reach IKEA customer service by calling (866) 856-4532.
Note from U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Dangerous tip-over incidents often occur when curious kids climb on furniture in an attempt to access TVs, toys, remotes or other desired items. While the threat is serious, the solution is simple. Anchor TVs, furniture, and appliances in the home. And when product recalls are announced, act on them immediately.
Visit AnchorIt.gov to see how TV and furniture tip-over incidents occur and the simple steps to prevent them.