California residents who purchased Ikea furniture should be aware that on July 22, the Swedish company recalled approximately 27 million of its chests and dressers because they could fall over and crush children. The recall occurred after two children were killed when the company's Malm chest tipped over onto them in 2014.
Although this action is technically a recall, Ikea customers should be aware that they should not be returning the furniture. Instead, they can pick up a wall anchoring kit that will be provided for free. Ikea recommended that the affected product should be moved to an area where it cannot be accessible by children until it can be anchored to the wall. A spokesperson with the Consumer Product Safety Commission stated that it was unrealistic to expect people to anchor large chests to walls. Part of this is because the chests are too heavy, and many are unable to do so because they are renters and thus prohibited from making this type of an alteration by their leases.
In addition to the two 2014 deaths, three other persons have been killed by Ikea products tipping over since 1989, according to the company. CPSC statistics reveal that a child death occurs every two weeks from falling furniture or televisions, and one child is injured by such an incident every 24 minutes.
A person who is injured by a defective or dangerous product may want to discuss the situation with a personal injury attorney. In some cases, both the manufacturer as well as the distributor of the item could be held responsible for the injured victim's losses.
Source: USA Today, "Ikea recalls 27 million chests, dressers after two deaths", Jayne O'Donnell, July 23, 2015