WASHINGTON D.C. (WOOD) — IKEA is offering a free wall anchoring kit for chests and dressers after receiving reports of two children who died because chests fell on them.
About 7 million MALM chests and 20 million other IKEA chests and dressers are part of the nationwide repair program.
Consumers are asked to stop using all IKEA children’s chests and dressers taller than 23 ½ inches and adult chests and dressers taller than 29 ½ inches, unless they are securely anchored to the wall.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and IKEA received a report that a 2-year-old boy from West Chester, Pennyslvania, died after a MALM 6-drawer chest tipped over and fatally pinned him against his bed in Feb. 2014.
Another report was received in June 2014 that a 23-month-old child from Snohomish, Washington, died after he became trapped beneath a 3-drawer MALM chest that tipped over.
Neither chest had been secured to the wall.
IKEA and CPSC have also received 14 reports of tip-over incidents involving MALM chests, resulting in four injuries.
IKEA is offering consumers a free wall anchoring repair kit for use with the MALM chests, IKEA children’s chests and dressers taller than 23 ½ inches, and IKEA adult chests and dressers taller than 29 ½ inches. The kit contains replacement tip-over restraints for use by any consumer who has not secured their IKEA chest or dresser to the wall. The kit also includes complete wall anchoring hardware, instructions and warning labels to be affixed to the furniture.
CPSC and IKEA are urging consumers to inspect their IKEA chests and dressers to ensure that they are securely anchored to the wall.
The MALM chests that are part of the repair program were sold starting in 2002. The price of the chests range from about $80 to $200.
To receive a free wall anchoring kit, visit an IKEA retail store, go to www.IKEA-USA.com/saferhomestogether, or call 888.966.4532.