Ikea has announced it has stopped selling the Malm dresser, one of its most-popular, and is recalling millions the items in North America after the deaths of six children in the United States.
“IKEA Canada takes its role as a responsible retailer very seriously and we want to raise the awareness of the hazard of furniture tip-over in Canadians’ homes,” IKEA Canada President Stefan Sjöstrand said in a statement Tuesday.
Ikea warned customers in a July 2015 statement that the dressers could tip-over and advised consumers not to use the dressers unless they were secured to the wall with anchors provided in the packaging.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) six children in the U.S. have died since 1989, and more than 40 injuries have been reported.
The CPSC said in a statement the most recent death occurred in Minnesota after a boy died in February 2016, after a Malm dresser tipped onto him.
The furniture retailer said there had been no tip-over incidents or injuries in Canada.
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In total, eight million Malm-style chest of drawers and 21 million additional children’s and adult chests and dressers are being recalled the U.S. Approximately six million Malm units were sold in Canada.
Chests and dressers manufactured between January 2002 and June 2016 are qualified for a full refund. Furniture made before 2002 may be eligible for a partial store credit. The company says that all chests and dressers should be attached to a wall to prevent them from toppling over.
“Ikea US and Ikea Canada will launch a local recall of chests of drawers in North America only,” the company said in a statement.
“Ikea chests of drawers are safe when anchored to the wall per the assembly instruction, using the tip over restraint provided with the product.”
IKEA Canada said the recall affects chests of drawers that are above 60cm for children’s chests of drawers and above 75cm for adult chests of drawers.
The 29 million units of recalled chests and dressers include: MALM 3-drawer, 4-drawer, 5-drawer and three 6-drawer models and other children’s and adult chests and dressers.
Here’s the full list of the 19 different chests of drawers being recalled in Canada.