Ikea recalls close to 36 million dresser units

Elliot Kaye of the U.S. Consumer Protection Safety Commission (left) at a demonstration of the furniture hazard. Click to watch video.

Swedish furniture company Ikea Group is recalling almost 36 million chests and dressers in the U.S. and Canada, according to Reuters news agency, but said the products linked to the deaths of six children are safe when anchored to walls as instructed.

Ikea— headquartered in Delft, The Netherlands — is voluntarily recalling all chests and dressers that do not meet the performance requirements of the U.S. voluntary industry standard (ASTM F2057-14).

Consumers can contact Ikea at 1-866-856-4532 or email: secureit@ikea.com to discuss how to participate in the recall.

The recalled chests and dressers are unstable if they are not properly anchored to the wall, posing a tip-over and entrapment hazard that can result in death or injuries to children.

The recall affects children’s chests and dressers taller than 23.5 inches and adult chests and dressers taller than 29.5 inches that do not meet the performance requirements of the U.S. voluntary industry standard.

The recalled Malm chests and dressers were manufactured and sold through June 2016 and include the 3-drawer, 4-drawer, 5-drawer and 6-drawer models. Other Ikea chests and dressers in this recall were sold at various times through June 2016.

Participating consumers can receive a full or partial refund or a free wall-anchoring repair kit.


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