Important safety notice

28-06-2016
IKEA Canada announces that it will only sell chests of drawers that meet the voluntary North American ASTM standard and issues a recall for repair or refund on chests of drawers that do not meet the standard

IKEA Canada in partnership with Health Canada, has announced that it will only sell chests of drawers that meet the voluntary North American ASTM standard requirements on free-standing stability. As part of this announcement, IKEA has also issued a recall for repair or refund on unattached chests of drawers that do not meet the free-standing stability requirements of the ASTM standard.

While IKEA is making this commitment to the free-standing stability of its chests of drawers, it will continue to make wall attachment an integral part of the assembly of IKEA chests of drawers as it really is the single best preventative measure against furniture tip-overs.

IKEA believes the best way to prevent furniture from tipping over is to secure it to the wall. That is why IKEA has provided tip-over restraints with many types of its furniture and makes it a required step in assembly instructions.

To demonstrate the importance of securely anchoring furniture to the wall, IKEA Canada has issued a recall for repair or refund of those unattached chests of drawers in consumers’ homes that do not comply with the free-standing stability requirements of the North American ASTM standard and are above 60cm for children’s chests of drawers and above 75cm for adult chests of drawers. A list of affected chests of drawers can be found at the bottom of this advisory.

Customers who, for any reason, cannot secure their IKEA chests of drawers to the wall are now advised to bring them back to any IKEA location for a refund. Customers are entitled to a full refund for chests and dressers manufactured between January 2002 and June 2016. Chests of drawers manufactured prior to 2002 will be eligible for a partial store credit. For any customer that still wants to keep their IKEA chests of drawers, but who did not keep their tip-over restraint, a free wall anchoring kit can be picked up at any IKEA location or one can be delivered to their home by contacting the Customer Support Centre at 1-800-661-9807 or by visiting ikea.ca/saferhomestogether.

Consumers are urged to immediately stop using and move any unanchored IKEA chest of drawers into storage where they cannot be accessed by children until the chests of drawers are properly anchored to the wall or returned to an IKEA location. If customers have securely anchored their IKEA chests of drawers to the wall then they are fine to use and no further action is required.

In summer 2015, IKEA Canada launched the “Secure It” campaign to educate consumers on the best way to prevent tip-over accidents and to provide tools to help them achieve that. To-date, IKEA has handed out more than 45,000 free wall-anchoring kits to Canadians. This is in addition to the tip-over restraints that have been shipped with IKEA chests of drawers for years.

The “Secure It” furniture tip-over prevention campaign is part of a larger “Safer Homes Together” initiative that focuses on educating customers about safety at home. As part of the program, IKEA Canada announced in October 2015 that it will only sell cordless window blinds and coverings, being the first Canadian retailer to take this voluntary action.

Click here to view a list of the affected IKEA chests of drawers


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