Another tragic child death has occurred, reinforcing the fact about furniture safety in households with young children. A 22-month-old died after an IKEA MALM dresser (pictured below) reportedly fell on top of him. The tragic news comes nearly a year after IKEA and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced a “repair program” for all dressers and chests in July 2015, following the deaths of two other toddlers in 2014.
“The chests and dressers can pose a tip-over hazard if not securely anchored to the wall,” according to the CPSC. Even though the IKEA dressers come with parts to anchor them to the wall, not all customers complete this final assembly step.
The IKEA repair program, which is considered a type of product recall, customers who have not securely attached their dressers and chests to the wall during initial assembly can request free repair kits with anchoring hardware, instructions and warning labels to place on the furniture.
The recall affected approximately 27 million dressers. More than 300,000 anchoring kits have been shipped to IKEA customers. The CPSC has launched the “Anchor It!” campaign to help raise awareness of the issue.
A child in the U.S. is injured every 24 minutes as a result of a TV or furniture tip-over incident. Two-thirds of tip-over fatalities involve toddlers. To learn more about how to anchor household items and create a safe home environment, visit the “Anchor It!” website.
At the Law Firm of Michael T. Gibson, P.A., we want your children to always be safe. When it comes to recalls, children’s products are some of the most important to keep up on, because as parents it’s our number one priority to keep our children safe. We urge parents to be proactive when it comes to children’s product and toy recalls by going to SaferProducts.gov.
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