On Wednesday, IKEA announced that they were recalling around 27 million chests and dressers because they pose a fatal risk to children!
Along with the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the Swedish retail giant reported that two children died in 2014 after IKEA’s MALM chests fell on them.
Why? Because they were not anchored to a wall.
Even though the dressers are being recalled, customers are encouraged to order a free wall anchoring kit for the affected chests and dressers instead of returning them.
The international furniture company said in a statement that it is “deeply saddened” by the deaths and hopes “our efforts prevent further tragedies.”
CPSC Chairman Elliot Kaye praised IKEA for taking lead in the furniture industry to start producing more stable furniture, because many parents don’t know about the issue. He said:
“Today is a positive step and I commend IKEA for taking that step. But they need to do more and to make more stable furniture and they need to help lead industry.”
Company spokeswoman Mona Liss explained that they are taking the issue very seriously, saying:
“[IKEA will] continue to collaborate with the CPSC to find solutions for more stable furniture. We don’t know yet what those solutions will be but we are committed to working in collaboration to try to find better solutions.”
For safety precautions, CPSC is recommending that — unless the furniture is securely anchored to the wall — customers should immediately stop using any IKEA children’s chests taller than 23.5 inches and adult dressers taller than 29.5 inches.
[Image via IKEA/Facebook.]