The Terrible Reason Ikea Is Recalling Millions of Drawers

June 28th 2016

Danielle DeCourcey

Ikea is recalling millions of chests and drawers because some of the items could be deadly.

The Swedish company is recalling 29 million Malm chests and dressers because three children were crushed and killed after the furniture fell on top of them, according to U.S. Product Safety Commission.

People who own one of the Malm furniture items below should move it away from children and then contact Ikea to get a full refund or to receive a free wall-anchoring kit.


However, some Twitter users are complaining that the customer service lines are jammed.

Other furniture items in the Malm series, like the two drawer chest, are not a part of the recall and you don't need to contact Ikea about them.

Unaffected furniture.

These deaths show the importance of wall-anchoring furniture.

In 2014 a two-year-old boy in Pennsylvania and a 23-month-old boy in Washington state were killed when the affected Malm chests tipped over on top of them. In 2015 Ikea provided free wall anchoring for the Malm furniture, but there was another incident this year. Another 22-month-old boy in Minnesota died in February after a chest fell on top him. None of the furniture in these three tragedies were anchored to a wall.

However chests and drawers are not the biggest killers in tip-over accidents.

From 2000 to 2013 there were 279 people were killed when a television fell on top of them. Another 120 people died when furniture fell, and 31 people died when an appliance fell on them. About 84 percent of these deaths were children, according to a report by U.S. Consumer Safety Commission.

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