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IKEA Furniture Linked to Two Child Deaths

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Mario Rosales2 years ago

IKEA North America is announcing a repair program that includes a free wall-anchoring kit for their chests and dressers. 

The chests and dressers can pose a tip-over hazard that can result in serious injury and even death. With these free wall anchoring kits the dressers can be securely anchored to the wall

About the Tip-over Hazard

According the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), IKEA’s MALM Chests and Drawers pose a tip-over hazard that can cause serious injury If not secured properly to the wall. 

In February 2014, IKEA and the CPSC received a report that a 2-year-old boy from Pennsylvania died after a 6 drawer chest tipped over and fatally pinned him against his bed. IKEA and the CPSC have received 14 reports of tip-over incidents involving some of IKEA’s MALM Chests. 

The CPSC urges consumers to stop using all of IKEA’s children furniture including dressers and chests, unless they are properly secured to a wall.  The free wall anchoring kit should be used to secure MALM and other IKEA children furniture to the wall

Death and Injury Reports

  • A 2-year-old boy died after the MALM 6-drawer chest that is 48 3/8 inches high tipped over and fatally pinned the boy to his bed on February 2014
  • In June 2014, a 23-month-old child died after he became trapped underneath a 3-drawer, 30 ¾ inch high MALM Chest that tipped over.
  • Since 1989 IKEA is aware of 3 additional deaths and 4 injury reports that have occurred from tip-overs involving other models of IKEA chests and drawers.
Description of Tip-over Hazard and Repair Program

All the information below provided by the US CPSC:

  • IKEA is offering US consumers a wall anchoring repair kip for use with the MALM chests and drawers.
  • IKEA and the CPSC received 14 reports of tip-over incidents resulting in four injuries and five deaths since 1989
  • Tip-over incidents are occurring when the furniture isn’t properly secured to a wall posing a serious safety hazard.
  • The kit contains replacement tip-over restraints for use by any consumer who has not secured their IKEA chest or dresser.
  • The kit comes with the complete wall anchoring hardware, instructions, and warning labels to be affixed to the furniture.
  • The incidents involve MALM children’s chests and dresser taller than 23 ½ inches and adult chests and dressers taller than 29 ½ inches.
  • The MALM chests are part of that are part of the repair program, were sold in 2002. 


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