Swedish furniture store Ikea has been prompted to voluntarily recall about 29 million chests and dressers.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, at least six children have been crushed to death by the popular retailer’s chest. The deaths all involved children under the age of 4 and date back to 1989 and are as recent as this February, the CPSC said.
“Enough is enough,” CPSC chairman Elliot Kaye told ABC News’ David Kerley. “These are inherently very dangerous and unstable products if children are around them.”
Ikea and the CPSC reported to ABC that at least 36 children have been injured by Ikea chests and dressers as they are prone to tip over when they aren’t anchored to the wall.
The company is offering a refund or repair kit for affected dressers, including the MALM and other styles, the CPSC said.
Customers are entitled to a full refund on furniture that was manufactured between 2002 and 2016. consumers can receive a partial store credit for items manufactured before 2002.
Jaquelyn Collas, of Pennsylvania told ABC News that she had found her 2-year-old son pinned between his bed and an Ikea MALM dresser in February 2014.
Despite her attempt at CPR, the toddler was pronounced dead a few hours later.
In a statement regarding the voluntary recall, Ikea said that “a child in the US dies every two weeks from furniture, appliances, or TVs tipping over.”
The company had instituted a repair kit program in 2015 “to communicate the importance of wall attachment. 300,000 kits were distributed to consumers who had not used their original hardware.
“Since then, we have been in close contact with the CPSC to evaluate the success of the repair program and the impact it is having on consumers’ actions. We are announcing this recall today given the recent tragic death of a third child,” the statement said, referring to the number of children killed by MALM dressers.
Three other children have been killed by other-style IKEA chests.
“It is clear that there are still unsecured products in customers’ homes, and we believe that taking further action is the right thing to do. We will continue to work collaboratively with the CPSC on tip-over prevention, development of the ASTM standard, and innovations that will enhance product safety and further reduce the risk of tip-overs.”