Ikea issues chest and dresser recalls after 8th child death reported

(KTAB/KRBC) - Ikea is recalling more chests and dressers after receiving reports that an 8th child died from the products tipping over. 

A press release from the Consumer Product Safety Commission states, "the recalled chests and dressers are 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."

For a full list of recalled products, click here

Anyone who may have purchased an affected product can visit IKEA's website for more information on how to move forward. 

There have been eight reports of child tip-over related deaths with the recalled chests and dressers.

  • The most recent reported death in May 2017 involved a 2-year-old boy in Buena Park, Calif. after he became trapped beneath an unanchored MALM 3-drawer chest that tipped over.
  • February 2016: A 22-month-old boy from Apple Valley, Minn. died after an unanchored  MALM 6-drawer chest fell on top of him. 
  • June 2014: A 23-month-old boy from Snohomish, Wash. died after he became trapped beneath an unanchored MALM 3-drawer chest that tipped over.
  • February 2014: A 2-year-old boy from West Chester, Pa. died after an unanchored drawer chest tipped over fatally pinning him against his bed.
  • September 2011: A 2-year-old boy from Woodbridge, Va. died after an unanchored MALM 3-drawer chest tipped over and trapped him between the dresser drawers.

Previously reported deaths with other model IKEA chests and dressers include:

  • July 1989: A 20-month-old girl from Mt. Vernon, Va. died after an unanchored GUTE 4-drawer chest tipped over and pinned her against the footboard of a youth bed.
  • March 2002: A 2½-year-old boy from Cranford, N.J. died after an unanchored RAKKE 5-drawer chest tipped over and fatally pinned him to the floor.
  • October 2007, a 3-year-old girl from Chula Vista, Calif. died after a  KUR chest tipped over and fatally pinned her to the floor.  It is unknown whether the dresser was anchored or not.

 


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