There has been a massive recall issued by the Ikea company. Ikea’s president Lars Petersson, said that the recall was unprecedented. But the massive recall wasn’t just unprecedented for Ikea. It marks the largest furniture safety recall in American history, according to data provided to Co.Design by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CSPC).
Due in part to lightweight construction and low stability ratings, Ikea’s dressers have killed at least six children since 1989, starting with a 20-month year old girl from Mt. Vernon, Virginia, who died after an unanchored Gute 4-drawer chest tipped over and pinned her against the footboard.
2014 was the deadliest year for Ikea-related deaths, when two kids were killed by Malm chests within a span of just four months, prompting Ikea to start distributing free anchoring kits.
After the third child in two years was killed by a Malm dresser back in February, though, Ikea agreed to a “full recall,” offering either full or partial refunds for every single three-plus drawer dresser or chest they have ever sold in America.
According to the Ikea website, Ikea has recalled the Malm and other models of chests and dressers due to a serious tip over hazard. Anyone who purchases this product are warned to anchor the product or return them for a refund. There have also been other products that have been recalled such as beanbag chairs and folding chairs.