IKEA Recalls 29 Million Chests and Dressers Due to Serious Tip-Over Hazard

The recall has been issued after the company received confirmed reports of multiple injuries and fatalities

IKEA Recalls 29 Million Chests and Dressers Due to Serious Tip-Over Hazard
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June 28, 2016

IKEA has issued a recall for about eight million MALM chests and dressers and 21 million additional children's and adult chests and dressers in the U.S. Roughly six million more were sold in Canada.

The recalled chests and dressers are unstable if they are not properly anchored to the wall, posing a serious tip-over and entrapment hazard that can result in death or serious injuries to children.

The recalled children's chests and dressers are taller than 23.5 inches and adult chests and dressers are taller than 29.5 inches. The 29 million recalled chests and dressers include: MALM three-drawer, four-drawer, five-drawer and three six-drawer models and other children's and adult chests and dressers.

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 five-digit supplier number, four-digit date stamp, IKEA logo, country of origin and MALM are printed on the underside of the top panel or inside the side panel. The recalled MALM chests were sold from 2002 through June 2016.

See the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) release for the specific MALM chests and dressers under recall. Most of the non-MALM chests and dressers included in this recall are listed on the IKEA website.

On July 22, 2015, the CPSC and IKEA announced a repair program for the chests and dressers that included a free wall-anchoring repair kit for the MALM chests and dressers and other IKEA chests and dressers.

Two tragic fatalities involving MALM chests and dressers occurred prior to the announcement of the repair program. In February 2014, a two-year-old boy from West Chester, PA, died after a six-drawer MALM chest tipped over and fatally pinned him against his bed. In June 2014, a 23-month-old boy from Snohomish, WA, died after he became trapped beneath a three-drawer MALM chest that tipped over. Subsequent to the July 2015 announcement, CPSC and IKEA learned of additional tip-over incidents, including a February 2016 incident in which a 22-month-old boy from Apple Valley, MN, died when a MALM six-drawer chest fell on top of him.

In addition to the three deaths, IKEA received reports of 41 tip-over incidents involving the MALM chests and dressers, resulting in 17 injuries to children between the ages of 19 months and 10 years old. After these incidents, a coalition of consumer safety advocates called on CPSC to mandate a formal recall.

IKEA also received 41 reports of tip-overs involving chests and dressers other than MALMs, resulting in the deaths of three children and 19 injuries to children. In July 1989, a 20-month-old girl from Mt. Vernon, VA, died after an unanchored GUTE four-drawer chest tipped over and pinned her against the footboard of a youth bed. In March 2002, a two-and-a-half-year-old boy from Cranford, NJ, died after an unanchored RAKKE five-drawer chest tipped over and fatally pinned him to the floor. In October 2007, a three-year-old girl from Chula Vista, CA, died after a KURS three-drawer chest tipped over and fatally pinned her to the floor.

Consumers should immediately stop using any recalled chest and dresser that is not properly anchored to the wall and place it into an area that children cannot access. Consumers are entitled to a full refund for chests and dressers manufactured between January 2002 and June 2016, while those with chests and dressers manufactured prior to January 2002 will be eligible for a partial store credit.

CPSC and IKEA are urging consumers to inspect their recalled IKEA chests and dressers to ensure that they are properly anchored to the wall. Chests and dressers should be properly anchored to the wall. To that end, consumers can order a free wall-anchoring repair kit from IKEA. They can install the kit themselves or IKEA will provide a one-time, free in-home installation service upon request. Consumers can reorder the kits throughout the life of their chest and dresser.

For more information, consumers may contact IKEA at (866) 856-4532.