Swedish furniture giant IKEA has issued a product recall on its Malm dressers in North America after the death of a third child in the USA.
IKEA launched a safety warning earlier this year after the third case of a child death was reported. The incident involved a two year old, who tragically died after Malm six-drawer dresser fell on top of him.
Other reports indicate that two other children had died in July last year from the same cause, to which IKEA US and IKEA Canada have decided to recall the products – roughly around 27 million – as well as restating its ‘Secure it!’ campaign to raise further awareness.
Responding to an enquiry, IKEA UK said that it would ‘not’ be recalling any chest of drawers in the UK & Ireland, and further stated that the recall in action was based on the local North American ‘ASTM standard’, which is a voluntary recall procedure for the sale of products, while maintaining that its drawers ‘meet all mandatory stability requirements on all markets’.
Donna Moore, country customer relations manager, said: “At IKEA, we believe children are the most important people in the world and the safety of our products is our highest priority. Customers should always feel confident that products bought at IKEA are safe to use.
“IKEA chests of drawers are safe when anchored to the wall per the assembly instructions, using the tip over restraint provided with the product. We have no information of any tip over incidents with a properly anchored chest of drawer. This is why we are committed to raising awareness among consumers of the tip over risks and how to prevent them. We are convinced that we can make a difference by sharing knowledge about safety in the home through our “Secure it!” awareness campaign.
“The local recall in North America is the outcome of a dialogue between IKEA in North America and their local consumer authorities. The recall is based on the local ASTM standard, which is a voluntary standard for the sale of chests of drawers in North America. IKEA chests of drawers meet all mandatory stability requirements on all markets.”