Ikea issues safety warning after deaths of two boys

Ikea issues safety warning after deaths of two boys

Furniture giant Ikea has issued a safety warning for 27 million chests and dressers following the deaths of two children last year.

The Swedish manufacturer, which has almost 300 stores worldwide in 27 countries, has offered customers a kit to affix cupboards and dressers over a certain height – including seven million Malm chests – to the wall. Ikea has one store in Ballymun, in North Dublin, and another store in Belfast.

A spokesperson for the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), which issued the warning in cooperation with Ikea, described the items of furniture as “unstable when built”.

The CPSC warns customers “should immediately stop using all Ikea children’s chests and dressers taller than 23.5 inches and adult chests and dressers taller than 29.5in, unless they are securely anchored to the wall.”

Neither the CPSC or Ikea have described the move as a recall - but the decision to offer customers a repair or replace for purchased items is technically a recall.

“Product safety is the highest priority for IKEA and IKEA chests and dressers are safe when attached to the wall as directed in the assembly instructions,” an Ikea spokeswoman told the Daily Mail.

The company is offering customers a free kit to attach chests and dressers over a certain height to the wall. It has also reminded consumers to always affix taller items to the walls.

It comes following the deaths of two young boys in the US last year. A two-year-old in West Chester, Pennsylvania, died after he was pinned against his bed in February 2014 when a Malm six-drawer chest fell on him.

Another child, a 23-month old boy from Snohomish, Washington, also died when he was trapped underneath a three-drawer Malm chest after it tipped over.

Malm chests, sold since 2002, come in a variety of sizes and range in price from €60 to €120.

In January of this year the company recalled 169,000 crib mattresses over safety fears.

Independent News Service