IKEA Recalls 27 Million Dressers, Issues Repair Kit Following Two Deaths

IKEA has announced a recall of 27 million adult and children's chests and dressers due to a tipping hazard that has claimed the lives of two young children.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission said in a release Wednesday that the chests and dressers can tip over if they are not attached to the wall. This poses an entrapment hazard.

IKEA is offering a free wall anchoring repair kit to customers who have purchases the drawers.

CPSC specifies in its release that the MALM 3 and 4 drawer chests, and two styles of MALM 6 drawer chests, as well as other chests and dressers were all a part of the repair program.

Consumers are advised to immediately stop using all IKEA children's chests and dressers taller than 23.5 inches, and adult dressers taller than 29.5 inches, unless they are anchored to a wall.

Approximately 7 million MALM chests and 20 million other IKEA chests and drawers are a part of the nationwide repair program. Sales of the items in the program began in 2002.

IKEA was made aware of a report that a 2-year-old boy from West Chester, Pennsylvania died after a MALM 6-drawer chest tipped over and pinned him against his bed.

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A 23-month old boy from Snohomish, Washington was also killed when his 3-drawer chest tipped over.

14 other reported tip over incidents have resulted in at least four more injuries.

To receive a free wall anchoring kit, visit an IKEA retail store, go to www.IKEA-USA.com/saferhomestogether, or call (888) 966-4532.

For more information visit the CPSC website, or the IKEA website for information on the repair kits.