From Home Furnishing Business
Ikea Offers Free Wall Anchoring Repair Kit Due to Tip Over Hazard
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in cooperation with Conshohocken, Pa.-based Ikea North America, announces a repair program that includes a free wall anchoring kit for their MALM 3- and 4-drawer chests and two styles of MALM 6-drawer chests, and other chests and dressers.
The chests and dressers can pose a tip over hazard if not securely anchored to the wall. Ikea received reports of two children who died after MALM chests tipped over and fell on them. Consumers should immediately stop using all Ikea children’s chests and dressers taller than 23.5 inches and adult chests and dressers taller than 29.5 inches, unless they are securely anchored to the wall.
In February 2014, a two-year-old boy from West Chester, Pa., died after a MALM 6-drawer chest tipped over and fatally pinned him against his bed. In June 2014, a 23-month-old child from Snohomish, Wash., died after he became trapped beneath a MALM 3-drawer chest that tipped over. Neither chest had been secured to the wall.
Ikea is offering U.S. consumers a free wall anchoring repair kit for use with MALM chests, Ikea children’s chests and dressers taller than 23.5 inches, and Ikea adult chests and dressers taller than 29.5 inches.
CPSC and Ikea are urging consumers to inspect their Ikea chests and dressers to ensure they are securely anchored to the wall. The MALM chests that are part of the repair program were sold starting in 2002.