Published On: Tue, Jun 28th, 2016

IKEA Recalls 29 Million Dressers After 6 Children Crushed to Death

IKEA to recall millions of dressers after toddlers killed in tip-over (2)

 

At least six children have been crushed to death by toppling furniture giant IKEA dressers, prompting the voluntary recall of about 29 million chests and dressers sold by the popular retailer, the Consumer Product Safety Commission says.

We are announcing this recall today given the recent tragic death of a third child, ” the company said in a statement Monday, CNN reported .“It is clear that there are still unsecured products in customers’ homes, and we believe that taking further action is the right thing to do.”

The Swedish company has taken the product down from its American website, but it is still being sold in other countries.

Ikea and the CPSC tell ABC that at least 36 children have been injured by Ikea chests and dressers, which are prone to tip over when they aren’t anchored to the wall. The deaths — all children under the age of 4 — date back to 1989 and are as recent as this February, the CPSC said.

according to CPSC the company is offering a refund or repair kit for affected dressers. Furniture manufactured between 2002 and 2016 will entitle customers to a full refund; consumers can receive a partial store credit for items manufactured before 2002.

 

IKEA to recall millions of dressers after toddlers killed in tip-over

Upon request, the company will send a crew to install the wall anchor for customers who don’t want to do it themselves, the CPSC added. In the meantime, the CPSC is encouraging consumers to store the dresser where children won’t have access to it. At least four of the deaths were the result of unanchored chests.

In a statement regarding the voluntary recall, Ikea said that

“a child in the US dies every two weeks from furniture, appliances, or TVs tipping over, to communicate the importance of wall attachment, which resulted in the distribution of 300, 000 kits to consumers who had not used their original hardware.

“Since then, we have been in close contact with the CPSC to evaluate the success of the repair program and the impact it is having on consumers’ actions. We are announcing this recall today given the recent tragic death of a third child.

“It is clear that there are still unsecured products in customers’ homes, and we believe that taking further action is the right thing to do. We will continue to work collaboratively with the CPSC on tip-over prevention, development of the ASTM standard, and innovations that will enhance product safety and further reduce the risk of tip-overs.”

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