The products in question can be particularly dangerous if you have small children.
On Tuesday, IKEA issued a voluntary recall of 29 million chests and dressers that are unstable if not anchored to a wall. The stability issue can cause the units to tip and possibly trap children underneath, leading to injury or even death. Last year, the retailer recalled 7 million dressers after two children reportedly died after the furniture fell and crushed them. The latest recall comes amid reports that a third child has died.
The recall affects children’s chests and dressers taller than 23.5 inches and adult chests and dressers taller than 29.5 inches sold prior to June 2016. This includes the three-drawer, four-drawer, five-drawer, and six-drawer MALM chests and dressers, among others (find a full list here). IKEA will no longer sell its MALM series and urges anyone who currently owns this product to immediately stop using any recalled unit that is not anchored to the wall and place it out of reach of kids.
Customers can order a free anchoring kit to properly secure chests and dressers or bring the product back to their local IKEA store for a full or partial refund. Alternatively, IKEA will remove the unit from your home free of charge.