IKEA Offers Repair Kit for Chests, Dressers After Two Child Deaths

"Consumers should immediately stop using" the IKEA products in question, according to a press release.

IKEA and the U.S. Consumer Safety Product Commission are taking action over chests and dressers that have tipped over and killed small children. 

The Swedish furniture giant and the U.S. regulatory agency are offering a repair kit for IKEA dresser models that can tip over if not secured properly against a wall, according to a press release from the CSPC. 

"Consumers should immediately 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 release warns.

Roughly 7 million MALM 3- and 4-drawer chests and dressers and around 20 million other types of IKEA chests and drawers are included in the repair program, according to the press release.

Action is being taken after reports were received about two children who died after the MALM chests fell on top of them. A 2-year-old Pennsylvania boy died in February 2014, followed by a 23-month-old child in Washington state June 2014. 

In addition to the deaths, the company received 14 other reported incidents, resulting in four injuries.

The repair kit includes tip-over restraints, wall anchoring hardware and warning labels to be attached to the furniture.

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

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