IKEA has reissued it’s recall of over 100 models of IKEA chests of drawers after the death of an eighth child.
Following the June recall of 29 million MALM chests of drawers, IKEA issued a second recall on November 4th expanding the recall to include all IKEA children’s chest of drawers taller than 60 cm (23 ½ inches) and adult chest of drawers taller than 75 cm (29 ½ inches) sold until June 2016. The affected IKEA chests of drawers will have a label affixed to the product with the company name “IKEA”, the model name, and the manufacturing date. The affected model names are:
Alesund, Alleby, Alvesta, Aneboda, Angus, Ånes, Arup, Askedal, Askvoll, Aspelund, Balstar, Bankeryd, Bergsmo, Bialitt, Birkeland, Blimp, Boj, Brett, Brimnes, Boksta, BJÖRN, BÖRKVALLA, Brusali, Busunge, Diktad, Edland, Elis, Engan, Eksil, Fjell, Fjord, Flaten, Fridolin, Granås, Gute, Haddal, Hajdeby, Hemnes, Hensvik, Herrestad, Holleby, Hovdal, Hopen, Hosteland, Hurdal, IKEA PS, Kabin, Kirkenes, Knot, Koppang, Kusk, Kurs, Kullen, Kviby, Leksvik, Lo, Lomen, Mac, Malm, Mast, Mammut, Mandal, Meråker, Midsund, Natura, Narvik, Nordli, Nordnes, Nornas, Nyvoll, Ottenby, Rakke, Ramberg, Ranvik, Rodd, Robin, Rustik, Sala, Skarnes, Sandefjord, Stranda, Sveio, Stavanger, Stockholm, Stuva, Sundvik, Tarva, Tassa, Tovik, Trandum, Trogen, Trondheim, Trysil, Tyssedal, Undredal, Varde, Vajer, Vallvik, Vestby, Vinstra, Visdalen, Vollen.
The recalled chests of drawers can tip-over if not securely anchored to the wall, posing a tip-over and entrapment hazard that can result in death or serious injuries to children.
As of November 17, 2017, the company has received 8 reports of tip-over incidents in Canada and 6 injuries. In the U.S., the company has received 299 reports of tip-over incidents, resulting in 8 deaths and 144 injuries to children between the ages of 19 months and 10 years old..
Approximately 4.5 million IKEA chests of drawers have been sold at IKEA stores across Canada and approximately 17.3 million IKEA chests of drawers were sold in the USA.
What should you do?
Consumers should immediately stop using all affected chests of drawers that are not securely anchored to the wall, and move them to an area that children can not access.
IKEA Canada is offering a repair or full refunds for the furniture if it was manufactured between January 2002 and June 2016. If you cannot for any reason secure your IKEA chests of drawers to the wall, you can return your product to any IKEA location for a full refund. Chests of drawers manufactured prior to 2002 will be eligible for a partial store credit. If you still want to keep your IKEA chests of drawers, but you didn’t keep your tip-over restraint, you can pick up a free wall anchoring kit at any IKEA location or one can be delivered to your home by contacting the Customer Support Centre at 1-800-661-9807 or by visiting ikea.ca/saferhomestogether.