After a string of both deaths and consumer complaints about the risk of its dressers tipping over and causing injury, Ikea is recalling 29 million dressers.
The dressers—which Ikea advises customers to anchor to a wall to avoid harm—have led to a number of accidents, including the deaths of three toddlers in the past two years. Curren Collas’ mother found him trapped under an Ikea dresser in February 2014. Two-year-old Camden Ellis was pinned and killed by a dresser in June 2014. And in February of this year, a dresser fell and killed Theodore McGee, whose mom also discovered him.
On Monday, Ikea reportedly announced it was issuing a traditional recall — full refunds to the owners of the 29 million dressers. To the Philadelphia Inquirer, which reported the news late Monday, a federal official called the recall “unprecedented” and “total capitulation by Ikea.” The complete details of the recall are expected to be announced Tuesday.
A statement from Ikea reads in part: “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.”
Ikea initially responded to criticism last July by giving away wall anchor kits for its dressers, a solution many customers considered inadequate. Via The Post:
In addition to the three deaths between 2014 and 2016, Ikea also said it knew of 14 other cases of Malm dressers tipping over, four of which resulted in injury. Different brands of Ikea chests, reported the Associated Press, had been implicated in three other deaths going back to 1989.
Monday’s recall comes after the Consumer Product Safety Commission deemed Ikea’s previous wall anchor campaign a failure. As part of the new recall, according to ABC News, Ikea customers are eligible for a refund or “repair kit” for the MALM and other dressers purchased between 2002 and 2016, or a store credit for those made before 2002.
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