Af­ter dressers fell over and killed two boys, Ikea says prod­ucts should be mounted to wall

Cape Breton Post - - HEALTH/ADVICE -

Af­ter Ikea chests tipped over and fa­tally in­jured two boys, safety reg­u­la­tors say con­sumers should stop us­ing Ikea’s dressers and chests for chil­dren un­less the prod­ucts are mounted to a wall.

The Swedish fur­ni­ture gi­ant is of­fer­ing a free kit to help con­sumers do that. The kit will be avail­able to con­sumers who bought 27 mil­lion chests and dressers above spe­cific heights, in­clud­ing 7 mil­lion of Ikea’s Malm chests.

Both the com­pany and the U.S. Con­sumer Prod­uct Safety Com­mis­sion say the fur­ni­ture should be kept away from chil­dren un­less it is an­chored to a wall.

Ikea and the CPSC say two boys, both around two years old, were killed in 2014 af­ter Malm chests that had not been se­cured to walls tipped over and fell on them. The agency and Ikea say they have re­ceived 14 re­ports of Malm chests tip­ping over, re­sult­ing in four in­juries. Ikea is aware of three other deaths were re­ported from other mod­els of chests and draw­ers that tipped over. Those deaths were de­scribed as hap­pen­ing since 1989.

They say con­sumers shouldn’t use Ikea chil­dren’s chests and draw­ers taller than 23 1/2 inches and adult chests and draw­ers taller than 29 1/2 inches un­less they are se­curely an­chored to the wall.

The Malm chests in the re­pair pro­gram have been sold since 2002, and they cost $80 to $200. Ikea says its prod­ucts are safe when as­sem­bled ac­cord­ing to in­struc­tions.

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