Ikea Relaunches Dresser Recall After Another Child Dies

Ikea relaunched the recall of 29 million dressers and chests last week after a California toddler was found trapped underneath an Ikea Malm dresser and died in May. The recall was first announced in June 2016 and Ikea has reportedly already processed more than 1 million recalls.

The recall includes children’s chests and drawers taller than 23.5 inches and adult chests and dressers taller than 29.5 inches. This includes 8 million Malm chests and dressers sold between 2002 and 2016. The recall only applies to customers in the United States and Canada.

Customers contacting Ikea will have several options. They are offering a full refund to anyone who no longer wants their Ikea dresser. Ikea will pick them up or they can be brought into a store. For consumers who want to keep their dresser, Ikea will provide a free wall-mounting kit or send a crew to the customer home to attach the dresser to the wall.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission said in December 2016 that there had been 186 reports of incidents with Malm dressers and chests. More than 90 children had been injured before that date.

Last December, Ikea agreed to pay a $50 million settlement to the families of three toddlers who died after dressers tipped over. A Philadelphia court in April approved a settlement of over $16.6 million for one family.

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