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29 Million IKEA Dressers Recalled after Children's Deaths

29 Million IKEA Dressers Recalled after Children’s Deaths

The popular home furnishings retailer IKEA is recalling a long list of IKEA dressers and chests because they can tip over if not properly anchored to the wall and pose a risk of serious injuries or death to children.

The deaths of six young children and reports of other kids injured in furniture tip over accidents have prompted IKEA North America and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to announce a recall of 29 million children’s and adult IKEA dressers in the United States. An additional 6.6 million units sold in Canada are also affected.

Following the deaths of two toddlers related to its MALM model dressers, IKEA and the CPSC reached an agreement in July 2015 that the company would offer a free wall-anchoring repair kit for its dressers and chests that did not comply with voluntary industry safety standards intended to prevent tip over of clothing storage units. The company was aware of three more children’s deaths related to other IKEA dressers that occurred in 1989, 2002 and 2007. In response to subsequent reports of injury and an additional child’s death when an unanchored MALM chest fell upon him in February, the company said on June 28, 2016 that it is offering either a repair kit or complete refund for the recalled dressers.

“Every two weeks a child in the U.S. is killed in a tip-over related incident involving furniture or TVs. Think about that. Every two weeks. And in that time hundreds more are injured, often seriously. These are tragic numbers,” said Elliot F. Kaye, chairman of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. “They include a 2-year-old boy from Pennsylvania, a 23-month old-boy from Washington, a 22-month-old boy from Minnesota, and three other children who lost their lives after an IKEA chest or dresser tipped over and on to them.”

The recall covers all IKEA children’s chests and dressers taller than 23.5 inches and adult chests and dressers taller than 29.5 inches. They came in a variety of finishes and colors.

The list of recalled IKEA dressers and chests is extensive and consumers may have a difficult time identifying models manufactured prior to 1996 when they began carrying a label to identify IKEA, the model name and the manufacturing date.

IKEA Dressers Recalled LabelConsumers who wish to keep their dresser or chest may order a free wall-anchoring repair kit that they may install themselves or request a free, a one-time in-home installation service by IKEA. Consumers can reorder the kits throughout the life of their chest and dresser.

Those who do not wish to keep the dresser or chest and desire a refund should bring the product back to the closest IKEA store or contact the company at (866) 856-4532 to have IKEA remove the chest or dresser from their home free of charge. IKEA is offering a full refund for dressers and chests manufactured between January 2002 and June 2016; a store credit for 50% of the original purchase price if the product was manufactured before January 2002; or a $50 store credit if the date stamp is unidentifiable.

Consumers should move any unanchored chests and dressers into storage or where children cannot access them until the they can be properly anchored to the wall or removed from the home.

“If you have or think you have one of these products, act immediately,” Kaye said. “It is simply too dangerous to have the recalled furniture in your home unanchored, especially if you have young children.”

While Federal law prohibits the sale of products subject to a publicly announced voluntary recall by a manufacturer or a mandatory recall ordered by the Commission, consumers should be aware that these products may be found for sale by individuals or second hand stores unaware of the recall.

To participate in the recall or for additional information, visit www.ikea.com/us/en/about_ikea/newsitem/062816-recall-chest-and-dressers or call (866) 856-4532.

List of Recalled IKEA Dressers and Chests

 

MALM Family Sold Dates Measurements
MALM 3 10/2002 to 6/2016 31½” x 18⅞” x 30¾” 
MALM 4 6/2002 to 6/2016 31½” x 18⅞” x 39½” 
MALM 5 10/2002 to 4/2006 157/8” x 19” x 481/4 
MALM 6 6/2002 to 6/2016 31½” x 18⅞” x 48⅜” 
MALM 6 LONG 11/2002 to 6/2016 63” x 18⅞” x 30¾” 
MALM 6 4/2006 to 6/2016 153/4” x 191/8” x 483/8 

In addition to the MALM Family of IKEA dressers, the following models are also subject to this recall.

FAMILY NAME MODEL
ALESUND 4-drawers
ALVESTA 5-drawers
ANEBODA 3-drawers, 5-drawers
ANGUS chest of drawers
ÅNES 4-drawers
ARUP 4-drawers, 6-drawers
ASKEDAL 4-drawers, 6-drawers
ASKVOLL 5-drawers
ASPELUND 2-drawers, 3-drawers, 4-drawers
BALSTAR 6-drawers, 10-drawers
BANKERYD 3-drawers, 5-drawers
BERGSMO 8-drawers
BIALITT 3-drawers, 6-drawers
BIRKELAND 3-drawers, 6-drawers
BJÖRKVALLA 5-drawers, 6-drawers
BJÖRN 4-drawers, 6-drawers, 8-drawers
BLIMP chest of drawers
BOJ chest of drawers
BOKSTA 6-drawers
BRETT 3-drawers
BRIMNES 2-drawers, 3-drawers, 4-drawers
BRUSALI 3-drawers, 4-drawers
BUSUNGE 2-drawers
DIKTAD changing table/chest of drawers
EDLAND 2-drawers, 3-drawers, 5-drawers, 6-drawers
ELIS chest of drawers
ENGAN 2-drawers/2-door, 4-drawers
ESKIL 5-drawers
FJELL 4-drawers
FJORD 3-drawers, 5-drawers, 6-drawers, 7-drawers, 8-drawers
FLATEN 3-drawers, 5-drawers, 6-drawers, 7-drawers
FRIDOLIN 7-drawers, 11-drawers
GUTE 4-drawers, 6-drawers, 8-drawers, 10-drawers
GRANAS 4-drawers, 6-drawers
HADDAL 3-drawers, 4 drawers
HAJDEBY chest of drawers
HEMNES 2-drawers/1 shelf, 3-drawers, 5-drawers, 6-drawers stained pine, mirror chest
HENSVIK 3-drawers
HERRESTAD 4 drawers
HOPEN 4-drawers, 6-drawers, 8-drawers
HOSTELAND 4-drawers, 6-drawers
HOLLEBY chest of drawers
HOVDA double chest
HURDAL 3-drawers, 5-drawers (22 inches wide)
KABIN 4 drawers, 6 drawers, 8 drawers
KIRKENES 5 drawers
KNOT 3-drawers
KOPPANG 3-drawers
KUSK 3-drawers
KULLEN 5-drawers
KURS 3-drawers, 4-drawers, 6 drawers
KVIBY 4-drawers
LEKSVIK 2-drawers, 4-drawers, 5-drawers, 6-drawers, 7-drawers
LO 3-drawers
LOMEN 3-drawers, 2 drawers/2 door chest
MAC 5-drawers 6-drawers 8-drawers
MAST 6-drawers
MAMMUT 3-drawers, 4-drawers, chest of drawers
MANDAL 3-drawers, 4-drawers, 6-drawers
MERÅKER 4-drawers, 7-drawers
MIDSUND 5-drawers
NATURA 4-drawers, 5-drawers
NARVIK 3-drawers chest, changing table/chest of drawers, 5 drawers, 6-drawers
NORDLI 3-drawers, 4-drawers (15,7 inches wide)
NORDNES 10-drawers
NORNÄS 4-drawers/2-compartments
NYVOLL 3-drawers, 6-drawers
OTTENBY 5-drawers
RANVIK 5-drawers
RAKKE 5-drawers
RAMBERG 3-drawers
RODD 3-drawers, 5-drawers
ROBIN 3-drawers, 8-drawers
RUSTIK chest of drawers
SALA 3-drawers
SANDEFJORD 5-drawers
STOCKHOLM 4-drawers
STRANDA 4-drawers
STUVA chest of drawers
SUNDVIK changing table/chest of drawers
SVEIO 5-drawers
STAVANGER 5-drawers
SYDVAST 3-drawers, 6-drawers, 7-drawers
TARVA 3-drawers, 5-drawers, 6-drawers
TASSA 3-drawers
TRANDUM 3-drawers
TORE chest of drawers
TOVIK 3-drawers
TRANDUM 6-drawers
TROGEN 3-drawers, chest of drawers
TROFAST chest of drawers
TRONDHEIM 3-drawers, 4-drawers, 6-drawers
TRYSIL 3-drawers
TYSSEDAL 4-drawers, 6-drawers
UNDREDAL 4-drawers
VARDE 6-drawers
VALLVIK 3-drawers, 6-drawers
VAJER 4-drawers, 6-drawers
VESTBY chest of drawers
VINSTRA 3-drawers, 6-drawers
VISDALEN 7-drawers, 6-drawers
VOLLEN 3-drawers

 

About Candice Fitzgibbons

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