Ikea recalls 29 million dressers after child deaths


by: Cox Media Group National Content Desk

The death of another toddler after an Ikea drawer toppled over has led Ikea US to issue a recall for its Malm range of chest of drawers and wardrobes.

“We are announcing this recall today given the recent tragic death of a third child. It is clear that there are still unsecured products in customers’ homes, and we believe that taking further action is the right thing to do,” the company said in a statement Monday.

IKEA officially announced the recall of 29 million dressers on Tuesday. Click here for unit details. Follow this link for details on how to get a refund from Ikea.

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In April, the company issued another warning to families when Apple Valley, Minnesota, toddler Theodore “Ted” McGee, 22 months old, was the third child killed when an Ikea Malm dresser toppled over.

It also issued a repair in the form of a free wall-anchoring service for the drawers

The first warning was issued by Ikea US in 2015 when both 2-year-old Pennsylvania boy and a 23-month-old child from Washington died when a drawer toppled over.

Ikea said it had been in “close contact” with the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The CPSC declined to comment.

CNN Money reported that Ikea would not confirm what customers would receive under the recall.

Some people are screwing a support to the chest of drawers to keep them from falling over. But if the support isn’t screwed into a wall stud, it runs the risk of coming out of the drywall. To avoid that, look for a wall stud — they’re usually every 16 inches. If you don’t have a wall stud you can secure the support into, use a drywall anchor or Molly bolt. Use the video below to learn how to install those.

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