Ikea reissues dresser recall after 8th child fatality

Ivan Schwartz
November 22, 2017

Ikea has recalled twenty-nine million chest and dressers following eight children's deaths.

IKEA is re-issuing a recall for the Malm dressers.

There are about 17 million of the recalled dressers that are still out there across the country.

CEO Lars Petersson said on Tuesday that the Swedish company wants to increase awareness of the recall campaign for several types of chest and dressers that can easily tip over if not properly anchored to a wall.

Still, he said heightening awareness of the recall is necessary "because we think that it's so important to reach as many people as possible".

This chest is part of the Malm furniture collection by Ikea.

Jozef is the eighth child who has died from an incident involving an Ikea dresser and the fourth killed specifically by the Malm product.

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It extends to all Ikea childrens' chests of drawers and dressers taller than 23.5 inches and adult equivalents taller than 29.5 inches.

Amid reports of another child death, IKEA is reminding customers who purchased some of its dressers that they need to be fastened to the wall or they may tip and fall. Those with an impacted piece of furniture can get a refund with free pick-up or a free anchoring kit with a free install.

Owners of the recalled dressers should stop using them if they are not attached to a wall and should contact IKEA.

Ann Marie Buerkle, chair of the Consumer Product Safety Commission, said Ikea had "worked hard" on the recall and had provided options that "as least burdensome to the consumer as it could be".

The first of the deaths happened 28 years ago with the other seven occurring since 2002, according to the CPSC.

The items were sold at Ikea stores nationwide dating back to 1985 up to June 2016.

That do not comply with USA voluntary industry standards, including an estimated 8 million items under the Malm design.

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