Ikea has recalled 29 million Malm dressers in North America after it was confirmed that they have been directly responsible for the death of six children. The children, who were crushed after the chest of drawers fell on top of them, were thought to have been attempting to climb the drawers when they toppled over.
An announcement that was made by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission confirmed what many parents have been warned about for years: The Malm dressers are unstable if not adequately secured to a wall.
All of the children who have been crushed to dead by Malm dressers were under the age of three, the Product Safety Commissioner disclosed. The first death was as long as 27 years ago, while the remaining five children were killed some time between 2002 and 2016. In addition to the deaths, the Safety Commission has also received formal reports of 36 injuries.
At present, the recall is only applicable to parents in the United States and Canada. However, Ikea executives have warned all parents who have the Malm dresser to ensure that it is securely attached to the wall and/or out of reach of young children.
A spokesperson for the furniture brand commented: “IKEA chests of drawers are safe when anchored to the wall per the assembly instruction, using the tip over restraint provided with the product. Accidents related to furniture tipping over is a serious home safety issue for the entire home funishing industry and IKEA is committed to take the lead in addressing this challenge.”
Have the Malm Dressers Been Recalled in Singapore?
IKEA Singapore told reporters on Tuesday it will not be recalling the dressers in Singapore. However, customers who require a replacement restraint kit to secure their dresser can contact IKEA to get one free of charge, the company added.
According to the spokesperson, IKEA Singapore have not previously encountered any issues with the Malm range of dressers: “No serious injuries were reported. Our co-worker went to the customer’s home to have the chest of drawers replaced and made sure to fix it securely onto the wall. We have not had other cases since.” What do you think? Should the Ikea Malm dresser be recalled here in Singapore if it is recalled in North America? Share your comments.
What do you think? Should the Ikea Malm dresser be recalled here in Singapore if it is recalled in North America? Share your comments.