According to ABC News, defective IKEA furniture has been linked to eight deaths over the past 28 years. The latest death occurred in May when an IKEA MALM dresser tipped over and fatally crushed a California toddler. The death raised concerns about how effectively the recall was being communicated to consumers since it was first initiated in June 2016.
The CEO says the company has adopted an “extensive communication” campaign utilizing social media, television, print ads, and its website. He added that the company had emailed 13 million consumers about the recall two months ago.
While the defect can be resolved with a free wall-mounting kit, the company is also offering full refunds for anyone who no longer wants the chests and dressers, provided the furniture is covered by the recall.
The recall currently affects 29 million dressers and chests in IKEA’s MALM furniture series. The following IKEA dresser and chest models were included in the voluntary recall:
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the following can be done to prevent a piece of furniture from tipping-over:
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