Swedish furniture giant IKEA has launched a massive recall of 36 million MALM chests and dressers in Canada and the United States following the deaths of six children.
If the pieces aren’t anchored properly (or at all!) to the wall, they can topple over and severely injury young children. None of the furnishings involved in the fatal incidents were anchored.
The recall concerns MALM items built between 2002 and 2016.
You may be surprised to learn that tipped-over furniture and TVs kill a U.S. child every two weeks.
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Chairman Elliott Kaye said that “It is simply too dangerous to have the recalled furniture in your home unanchored, especially if you have young children.”
IKEA will offer refunds or a free wall-anchoring kit as part of the recall.
Do you think IKEA should be held responsible for these tipping-related injuries and deaths? Once that furniture is purchased and installed in a customer’s home, has the responsibility transferred from retailer to customer?