Ikea Issues Repair Kits for 27 Million Dressers After Child Deaths

Assistant Editor, Contributed Content
2 min read
Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.

In the wake of two fatal accidents, Ikea has issued wall-anchoring kits for the 27 million customers who bought chests and dressers that could tip over.

The home decor company is offering the free kits to customers who purchased the MALM model of drawer chests, including the 3- and 4-drawer styles and two types of MALM 6-drawer chests, as well as other chests and dressers, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. The affected furniture has been sold since 2002.

The company said consumers should move the furniture away from children until they have properly anchored it to the wall.  The company has created a webpage as part of a campaign to raise awareness about tipping furniture and how to avoid it.

Related: Soon You'll Be Able to Buy IKEA Furniture That Charges Your Electronics Wirelessly

The wall-anchoring kits are meant for children’s chests and dressers taller than 23-½ inches and adult chests and dressers taller than 29-½ inches. Each set contains replacement tip-over restraints as well as complete wall anchoring hardware, instructions and warning labels.

The repair comes after two children died last year after being pinned under the furniture that had not been anchored to the wall. This is not uncommon; data from the CPSC reports that “a child dies every two weeks and a child is injured every 24 minutes in the U.S. from furniture or TVs tipping over.”

“We’re deeply saddened by this and hope that our efforts prevent further tragedies,” Patty Lobell, Ikea's U.S. Commercial Manager, said in a statement.

To receive a free wall anchoring kit, visit an IKEA retail store, call (888) 966-4532, or click here.

Related: IKEA Is Opening a Pop-Up Café That Serves Breakfast 

More from Entrepreneur

One-on-one online sessions with our experts can help you start a business, grow your business, build your brand, fundraise and more.
Book Your Session

Whether you are launching or growing a business, we have all the business tools you need to take your business to the next level, in one place.
Enroll Now

In as little as seven months, the Entrepreneur Authors program will turn your ideas and expertise into a professionally presented book.
Apply Now

Latest on Entrepreneur

My Queue

There are no Videos in your queue.

Click on the Add to next to any video to save to your queue.

There are no Articles in your queue.

Click on the Add to next to any article to save to your queue.

There are no Podcasts in your queue.

Click on the Add to next to any podcast episode to save to your queue.

You're not following any authors.

Click the Follow button on any author page to keep up with the latest content from your favorite authors.