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Brian C. Dever 508-738-2272

Brian C. Dever

Ikea Recalls over 29 Million Dressers After Tragic Deaths of Children

Ikea announced that it is recalling 29 million chests and dressers in the United States, and an additional 7 million from Canada, after disturbing reports of at least 6 deaths of small children related to the product. According to a New York Times article by Mike McPhate, the dressers and chests have been responsible for at least 6 deaths and more than 70 injuries. One of Ikea’s most popular models, the Malm, accounts for a large number of the recalled products. The article stated that the dressers are toppling over when children attempt to climb the drawers like a ladder, causing the dresser to fall forward and cause a crush injury. Apparently, the dressers are “balanced” in such a manner that they are top heavy, and if any pressure is applied to the front of them, they will fall forward. All of the 6 children who have tragically lost their lives were under 3 years of age. While all of the fatalities involved small children, older children and adults have been injured by these dressers unexpectedly toppling over, according to a recent Reuters article. Clearly, these dressers pose a danger to anyone. According to CPSC chairman Elliott Kaye, who serves as the head of the federal government’s consumer protection division, “It is simply too dangerous to have the recalled furniture in your home unanchored, especially if you have young children.”

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