This morning, IKEA issued a massive recall on 29 million of their horrifyingly dangerous dressers and chests, but many critics say the action comes too late. EVERY parent and grandparent needs to see this!
Ever since bringing their clean-lines and appealing Euro-style ways to American soil in 1985, IKEA quickly became one of our country’s most popular (and affordable) furniture stores.
With 42 locations across the U.S. (each outfitted with over 300,000 square feet of inventory, a cafe-styled restaraunt, and lounge area) IKEA is no small player when it comes to furniture. And thirty years after opening their doors, day-long IKEA visits have become regular family outings.
But “product safety” has never been one of IKEA’s staples. On Monday, the furniture giant finally announced that due to the horrific deaths of three children, it will discontinue selling its “MALM” line of dressers and chests — and it’s about time.
The announcement comes after IKEA’s anchor campaign last year, encouraging customers to “help prevent furniture tip-over injuries and deaths” as they “could be a danger,” IKEA USA president Lars Peterson tells NBC News.
And the horrifying statistics are beyond alarming: every 24 minutes, a child is sent to the emergency room by a falling piece of furniture or a television, according the federal government’s watchdog agency, the Consumer Product Safety Commission. And every two weeks, a child is killed for the same reason.
IKEA customers are eligible for a free repair kit to anchor the furniture to a wall. But if they aren’t comfortable with keeping the product (who would blame them?!) refunds will also be offered. “Please take them out of the room,” IKEA’s president emphatically added.
Among those grieving the incomprehensible loss of their child, is Jackie Collas, whose two-year-old son Curren was killed by one of these horrific IKEA “MALM” dressers.
Collas shared the heartwrenching story, “I didn’t see him anywhere, so I went over and kind of pulled everything apart,” she said. “I saw the little top of his head trapped between the dresser and the bed.”
The dresser, Collas said, Was not anchored to the wall. “I never heard of that before,” she said, adding that one of her “main goals right now is to just spread the word about anchoring anything that could fall.”
Alan Feldman, an attorney who represents the families of all three toddlers who died due to the faulty IKEA line, said in a statement:
“We applaud the CPSC for taking a tough stand in support of consumer product safety by demanding that IKEA take concrete action to get these defective dressers off the market, or at least to make sure that whenever possible, the dressers are secured to a wall. It should not have taken repeated injuries and deaths over many years before IKEA finally responded to the potential hazard it placed in millions of American homes.”
If you or someone you know owns any IKEA furniture, please make certain each item is safely secured to the wall, or contact IKEA directly to receive a full refund.
Don’t put your childrens’ lives at risk! Be sure to also safely secure your family’s non-IKEA furniture items such as dressers, bookshelves, entertainment stands, and night-tables yourself with a simple Furniture Wall Strap Kit ($6).
Please keep your family safe and properly anchor ALL furniture in your home to the wall — regardless of the size, weight, or manufacturer. We must put a stop to the countless injuries and deaths associated with unanchored furniture — whether it’s from IKEA or not! Please share this with every parent and grandparent you know!