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Safety Groups Urge Stronger Action on IKEA Furniture

Kids in Danger (KID), Consumer Federation of America (CFA), Consumers Union and the National Center for Health Research have called on the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to secure a formal recall of IKEA furniture responsible for the deaths of three toddlers in tip-over incidents.

The groups urged the CPSC to take immediate action to better protect children from the tip-over hazard of certain IKEA Malm dressers. In a letter sent to CPSC Chairman Elliot Kaye, the safety advocacy groups urged a formal recall, including a stop-sale of unsafe products and refunds for consumers who would like them. 

“We urge the CPSC to take further action and deem this compliance action a recall,” said the letter. “We recommend a stop sale of the type of furniture that was involved in deaths and that does not meet the ASTM standard, as well as refunds for consumers who want them. For those who want to anchor the furniture, IKEA should develop a program to provide an incentive for consumers to anchor their furniture.” 

The ASTM standard requires testing to ensure each drawer is able to withstand a 50-pound weight, while open, without the dresser tipping over.



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