IKEA Furniture Linked to Two Child Deaths
IKEA North America is announcing a repair program that includes a free wall-anchoring kit for their chests and dressers.
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.