IKEA is recalling 27 million chests and dressers after they toppled over onto two small children, killing them, the company and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) said Wednesday.
The dressers blamed in the pair of separate tragedies, both involving toddlers, were not properly anchored to the wall with the devices sold with the furniture.
Parents should immediately remove any untethered IKEA child’s dressers and chests that are 23.5 inches high and up, as well as any adult-size dresser drawers 29.5 inches tall and over. Those affected by the recall are IKEA’s Malm chests. Any dressers that aren’t yet secured should be moved into a storage or child-free area of the house.
IKEA says customers who have the recalled furniture shouldn’t return it to stores, but need to order or pick up the wall anchoring kits if they don’t already have them. IKEA will distribute the replacement kits for free. Those who own the recalled items and need the anchors should call the support center at 866-866-IKEA.
IKEA and CPSC have gotten 14 reports of falling Malm dressers, which have been on the market since 2002, that caused four injuries. The company says there have been three other reports of other kinds of dressers tipping over and crushing children since 1989.
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