Deadly Ikea Dresser Recalled After 6 Fatalities
Ikea Dresser Recall
Ikea has recalled 29 million dressers after 6 children were crushed to death – three in the last two years.
Tip-over tests of the Ikea dressers demonstrate how small children can be crushed when opening dresser drawers and/or attempting to climb on them. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, dozens of deaths and more than 38,000 injuries happen this way each year, most of which involve young children. All of the children killed by the Ikea dressers were under the age of 3.
After a child was killed last year, Ikea issued a safety warning and urged consumers to anchor their dressers to the wall as part of the assembly instructions. The furniture company also offered free anchor kits to keep furniture secure. Consumer advocates insisted that this was not sufficient and that Ikea should make greater efforts to warn the public, and improve the design of their product. The Ikea dresser model in question does not conform to the voluntary industry standard that ensure a dresser will not tip over if a drawer is opened and 50lbs of weight applied.
What To Do If You Have an Ikea Dresser
To find out if your dresser is under recall, click here.
If your dresser has been recalled, you are advised to stop using it and keep children away from it. Ikea has offered a full refund, and will remove the dresser from your home if you are unable to return it to an Ikea store. Or, if you want to keep the unit, they will send a repair crew to anchor it to the wall for you to ensure it doesn’t fall forward.
This even applies to dressers bought second-hand at yard sales, Ebay, or Craigslist. You may request a free wall anchor system, or a refund for the amount you paid for the dresser.
If your dresser has not been recalled, you should still anchor it to the wall. Ikea will provide a free kit for non-recalled dressers as well.
If you or someone you love have been hurt by an unsafe piece of furniture or other product, you may be legally entitled to compensation to cover your medical costs and pain and suffering. Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys offers free consultations, so you risk nothing by speaking to one of our experienced personal injury lawyers about your situation. And, we never collect a fee unless we win your case.
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