The easy-tipping dressers are dangerous if you have young children.
Today, IKEA reissued their recall of a number of models of chests and dressers that are prone to tipping over, following the 8th reported child fatality related to the furniture.
According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, the chests and dressers in question must be properly anchored to the wall or they will be unstable, making them prone to tip-overs that can result in injuries or death to children.
Models included in the recall do not comply with the U.S. voluntary industry standard, and include the MALM 3-drawer, 4-drawer, 5-drawer and three 6-drawer models as well as other non-MALM models. The recalled children’s chests and dressers are taller than 23.5 inches; recalled adult chests and dressers are taller than 29.5 inches. You can fnd a full list of the recalled models on the IKEA website.
This is not the first time that IKEA has recalled these products. In June 2016, the furniture retailer issued a recall of 29 million of the same chests and dressers for the same safety hazards.
If you own one of the recalled models, you can participate in the recall in several ways. You can request a free wall-anchoring kit for self-installation; request that IKEA send someone to your home to anchor the chest/dresser to the wall for you; bring the furniture to an IKEA store for a refund; or request that IKEA send someone to pick up the chest/dresser from your home to be returned, at no cost to you.