70ºF

Fourth child death associated with Ikea recall of 29 million chests, dressers

photo
(Copyright 2016 CNN)

A fourth child fatality has been associated with one of the MALM chests included in Ikea's June 2016 recall.

Ikea previously recalled 29 million chests and dressers after six children were killed when the furniture toppled over and fell on them.

The company says that all chests and dressers should be attached to a wall to prevent them from toppling over. Ikea says anyone who owns a chest or dresser that is not mounted to a wall should remove them out of reach from children.

In a statement to CNBC, Ikea offered its condolences to the family in Woodbridge and said it is committed to taking the lead in addressing the challenge of furniture tipping.

"To us, the safety of our products is our highest priority," the company said. "This additional incident further underscores the need to properly secure chests of drawers to the wall with the included restraints per the assembly instructions."

Details of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recall can be found on the agency's website.

Ikea's full statement is below:

We offer our sincere condolences to the family in Woodbridge, VA affected by this tragedy. IKEA recently learned of this tip-over incident – which took place in September 2011 – through the CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission). The information we have received indicates that the chest of drawers was not attached to the wall and reportedly involved in this incident was a MALM 3-drawer chest – which was recalled by IKEA in June 2016.

Accidents related to furniture tipping over are a serious home safety issue for the entire home furnishing industry and IKEA is committed to taking the lead in addressing this challenge. To us, the safety of our products is our highest priority. This additional incident further underscores the need to properly secure chests of drawers to the wall with the included restraints per the assembly instructions.

All IKEA chests of drawers are safe when attached to the wall as directed. Any consumer with a recalled chest of drawers in their home that is not anchored to the wall should stop using it immediately. Consumers can request a free wall anchoring kit in-store or on IKEA.com. Consumers can also return the product to the store, or request at-home pick-up if they are unable, unwilling or uncomfortable attaching the unit to the wall or returning it themselves.

Regarding the effectiveness of the recall, chests of drawers that are covered by the recall have been packaged with wall attachment restraints for decades. If customers have followed the assembly instructions and attached their chests of drawers to the wall, there is no need for them to participate in the recall. However, they are welcome to return their chest of drawers if they have any concerns.

It's also important to note we have taken extraordinary measures and invested significant resources to raise awareness of this recall. This recall received more media coverage and more impressions than any recall we've done in the past, garnering 3.57 billion media impressions in the three days after the recall announcement was made. In addition, we invested in a paid advertising campaign to reach consumers.

 

Names

Sold Dates

Measurements

MALM 3

10/2002 to 6/2016

31½” x 18⅞” x 30¾”

MALM 4

6/2002 to 6/2016

31½” x 18⅞” x 39½”

MALM 5

10/2002 to 4/2006

15 7/8 ” x 19” x 48 1/4 "

MALM 6

6/2002 to 6/2016

31½” x 18⅞” x 48⅜”

MALM 6 LONG

11/2002 to 6/2016

63” x 18⅞” x 30¾”

MALM 6

4/2006 to 6/2016

15 3/4 ” x 19 1/8 ” x 48 3/8 "