IKEA is once again announcing the recall of 17.3 million children’s and adult chests and dressers. The number of items being recalled has been revised downward from the June 2016 recall. The IKEA recall has to do with the chests and dressers being unstable if they are not properly anchored to the wall, posing serious tip-over and entrapment hazards that can result in injuries or death to children. The company has received 186 reports of tip-over incidents involving the MALM chests and dressers, including 91 reports of injuries to children.
In addition, IKEA has received 113 reports of tip-overs with other recalled IKEA chests and dressers, including 53 reports of injuries to children. There have been eight reports of child tip-over related deaths, the most recent in May 2017. This recall involves MALM and other IKEA chests and dressers that do not comply with the requirements of the U.S. voluntary industry standard (ASTM F2057-14). The recalled children’s and adult chests and dressers include the MALM 3-drawer, 4-drawer, 5-drawer and three 6-drawer models and 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.
The MALM chests and dressers are constructed of particleboard or fiberboard and are white, birch (veneer), medium brown, black-brown, white stained oak (veneer), oak (veneer), pink, turquoise, grey, grey-turquoise, lilac, green, brown stained ash (veneer), and black.
A 5-digit supplier number, 4-digit date stamp, IKEA logo, country of origin and “MALM” are printed on the underside of the top panel or inside the side panel.
RECALLED MALM CHESTS AND DRESSERS
|MALM 3||10/2002 to 6/2016||31½” x 18⅞” x 30¾”|
|MALM 4||6/2002 to 6/2016||31½” x 18⅞” x 39½”|
|MALM 5||10/2002 to 4/2006||157/8” x 19” x 481/4″|
|MALM 6||6/2002 to 6/2016||31½” x 18⅞” x 48⅜”|
|MALM 6 LONG||11/2002 to 6/2016||63” x 18⅞” x 30¾”|
|MALM 6||4/2006 to 6/2016||153/4” x 191/8” x 483/8″|
A complete list of other non-MALM chests and dressers included in this recall is available at http://www.ikea.com/ms/en_US/pdf/non_malm_CoD_list_rev.pdf
IKEA chests and dressers have been labeled since 1996 to identify IKEA, the model name and the manufacturing date.
The recalled dressers and chests were sold at IKEA stores nationwide and online at www.IKEA.com from January 2002 through June 2016 for between $70 and $200.
Other chests and dressers subject to this recall were sold between approximately 1985 and June 2016.
What to do
Consumers should immediately stop using any recalled chest or dresser that is not properly anchored to the wall and place it in an area that children cannot access.
Contact IKEA for a choice between two options: refund or a free wall-anchoring kit. IKEA will pick up the recalled dressers free of charge or provide a one-time, free in-home wall-anchoring service for consumers upon request.
Consumers can obtain assistance from IKEA through its website at www.IKEA-USA.com or www.IKEA-USA.com or http://www.ikea.com/ms/en_US/ikea-chest-and-dresser-recall/index.html. Consumers with chests and dressers manufactured prior to January 2002 are eligible for a partial store credit.
Consumers my contact IKEA toll-free at 866-856-4532 anytime, or online at www.IKEA-USA.com or http://www.ikea.com/ms/en_US/ikea-chest-and-dresser-recall/index.html for more information and to participate in the recall.
The above was reported by Consumer Affairs.