Every 24 minutes in the U.S. a child is injured from furniture or TV’s tipping over, and every two weeks a child dies, according to data from the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
These deaths and injuries could easily be prevented.
IKEA recently recalled over 29 million chests and dressers that are unstable and can easily tip over and harm children if they are not properly anchored to the wall. The chests and drawers put millions of children and families at risk in their own homes.
About 8 million MALM chests and dressers were recalled in addition to 21 million children and adult chests and dressers in the U.S. Additionally, 6.6 million of these drawers and chests were sold in Canada.
The recall comes after multiple children were killed by the drawers tipping over and trapping them.
In February 2014, two-year-old, Curren Collas, died after a six-drawer MALM chest tipped over and killed him. His mother went to his bedroom to get him dressed when she found him trapped between the dresser and his bed. The IKEA dresser in his room was not anchored to the wall.
In another instance later in 2014, 23-month-old, Camden Ellis, also died after becoming trapped beneath a 3-drawer MALM chest that tipped over. His dresser was not anchored to the wall.
In February 2016, another incident occurred leaving 22-month-old, Theodore McGee, dead after a set of drawers fell and crushed him. Similarly, McGee’s dresser was also not anchored to the wall.
In addition to the deaths caused by these recalled drawers tipping over, IKEA also received reports of 41 tip-over incidents involving the MALM chests and dressers, which resulted in 17 injuries to children between the ages of 19 month and 10 years old.
Even after receiving these reports, IKEA in coordination with the CPSC is just now issuing this recall. Lives could have been saved if IKEA acted sooner.
IKEA has called for consumers to immediately stop using any of the chests that have been recalled as well as those that are not properly anchored to the wall. To remedy the situation, IKEA is offering a full refund of the chests and drawers or a free wall-anchoring repair kit.
However, for some IKEA’s recall did not come soon enough. Too many children were killed or injured due to these chests and drawers acting as a hazard in the home. Too many families have suffered because the recall did not come sooner.
If your child or someone you know was injured or killed by an IKEA chest or drawer falling over or trapping them, contact one of our offices today. The Carlson Law Firm has a team of dedicated and experienced attorneys ready to assist you and answer your questions. No child should ever have to be hurt or killed by something that could have easily been prevented. We are ready to help you.