Largest Furniture Recall in United States History
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).
Details of the Ikea Recall
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.
Additional Information About the Recall
- In 1995, 10 million bean bag chairs sold by nine separate companies dating all the way back to 1971 were recalled by the CSPC.
- At least five children died after unzipping these beanbag chairs and inhaling or ingesting the small pellets of foam filling, choking them to death.
- Twenty-seven other children were injured or hospitalized for similar incidents.
- These days, beanbag seats are either sold completely sealed, or with locked childproof zippers.
- In May, 2.1 million children’s folding chairs distributed by Summit Marketing International were recalled after the CSPC noticed that the safety lock tended to fail, catching children’s fingers in the hinges.
- The chairs—which were sold nationwide between September 2002 and May 2005—ended up amputating the fingertips of four children, as well as a string of lacerations and bruises.
- In April 2005, the CSPC recalled 1.5 million children’s folding chairs distributed by Atico International.