IKEA 2016 Chests and Dresser Safety Recall Due to Serious Tip-over Hazard
IKEA Chest and Dresser Safety Recall
Four ways you can participate in this recall:
Not sure if your chest or dresser is recalled? View our Recall list.
Return your chest/ dresser to a store
If you do not want to anchor the product to your wall, you can return your chest/ dresser to the store for a refund.
Request pickup/ refund for your chest/ dresser
If you do not want to anchor your chest/ dresser to the wall, and prefer not to return the chest/ dresser to the store yourself, contact us and we will come to your house, pick the chest/ dresser up, and give you a refund free of charge.
Request a free wall-anchoring kit.
If you would like to request a kit to anchor your chest or dresser to the wall, and would like to anchor it yourself, please request a wall anchor kit or reference our wall anchoring guide below.
Need more information on wall attachment?
Request chest/ dresser anchoring
If you would like to anchor your chest/dresser to the wall, but prefer not to do this yourself, contact us and we will send someone to your home to secure the chest/ dresser for you free of charge.
Name of Product: Children’s and adult chests and dressers
Hazard: The recalled chests and dressers are unstable if they are not properly anchored to the wall, posing serious tip-over and entrapment hazards that can result in injuries or death to children.
Remedy: Refund or Repair
Consumers should immediately stop using any recalled chest or dresser that is not properly anchored to the wall and place it in an area that children cannot access. Contact IKEA for a choice between two options: refund or a free wall-anchoring kit. IKEA will pick up the recalled dressers free of charge or provide a one-time, free in-home wall-anchoring service for consumers upon request. Consumers can obtain assistance from IKEA through its website at www.IKEA-USA.com or https://www.ikea.com/us/en/customer-service/product-support/recalls/ikea-chest-and-dresser-safety-recall-pub4b96e3c0. Consumers with chests and dressers manufactured prior to January 2002 are eligible for a partial store credit.
Consumer Contact: IKEA toll-free at 866-856-4532 anytime, or online at www.IKEA-USA.com or https://www.ikea.com/us/en/customer-service/product-support/recalls/ikea-chest-and-dresser-safety-recall-pub4b96e3c0 for more information and to participate in the recall.
8 child fatalities have been reported; Act now to make sure your home is safe.
Units: About 17.3 million (Based on updated information from IKEA, the number of U.S. units has been revised downward from June 2016.)
Description: This recall reannouncement involves MALM and other IKEA chests and dressers that do not comply with the requirements of the U.S. voluntary industry standard (ASTM F2057-14). The recalled children’s and adult chests and dressers include the MALM 3-drawer, 4-drawer, 5-drawer and three 6-drawer models and other non-MALM models. The recalled children’s chests and dressers are taller than 23.5 inches; recalled adult chests and dressers are taller than 29.5 inches. The MALM chests and dressers are constructed of particleboard or fiberboard and are white, birch (veneer), medium brown, black-brown, white stained oak (veneer), oak (veneer), pink, turquoise, grey, grey-turquoise, lilac, green, brown stained ash (veneer), and black. A 5-digit supplier number, 4-digit date stamp, IKEA logo, country of origin and “MALM” are printed on the underside of the top panel or inside the side panel.
Recalled MALM Chests and Dressers:
- MALM 3 Drawer Chest
311/2" x 187/8" x 303/4"
Sold dates: 10/2002 to 6/2016
- MALM 4 Drawer Chest
311/2" x 187/8" x 393/4"
Sold dates: 6/2002 to 6/2016
- MALM 5 Drawer Chest
157/8" x 19" x 481/4"
Sold dates: 10/2002 to 4/2006
- MALM 6 Drawer Chest
311/2" x 187/8" x 483/8"
Sold dates: 6/2002 to 6/2016
- MALM 6 Drawer Dresser
63" x 187/8" x 303/4"
Sold dates: 11/2002 to 6/2016
- MALM 6 Drawer Chest with mirror
153/4" x 187/8" x 303/4"
Sold dates: 11/2002 to 6/2016
OTHER CHESTS AND DRESSERS INCLUDED IN THIS RECALL
View a complete list of other non-MALM chests and dressers included in this recall, or visit the following link for more information: https://www.ikea.com/us/en/customer-service/product-support/recalls/ikea-chest-and-dresser-safety-recall-pub4b96e3c0.
Since 1996, IKEA chests and dressers have been labeled to identify IKEA, the model name and the manufacturing date.
Incidents/Injuries: IKEA has received 186 reports of tip-over incidents involving the MALM chests and dressers, including 91 reports of injuries to children. In addition, IKEA has received 113 reports of tip-overs with other recalled IKEA chests and dressers, including 53 reports of injuries to children:
There have been eight reports of child tip-over related deaths with the recalled chests and dressers.
- The most recent reported death in May 2017 involved a 2-year-old boy in Buena Park, Calif. after he became trapped beneath an unanchored MALM 3-drawer chest that tipped over. Previously reported deaths with MALM dressers or chests include:
- February 2016: A 22-month-old boy from Apple Valley, Minn. died after an unanchored MALM 6-drawer chest fell on top of him.
- June 2014: A 23-month-old boy from Snohomish, Wash. died after he became trapped beneath an unanchored MALM 3-drawer chest that tipped over.• February 2014: A 2-year-old boy from West Chester, Pa. died after an unanchored MALM 6-drawer chest tipped over fatally pinning him against his bed.
- September 2011: A 2-year-old boy from Woodbridge, Va. died after an unanchored MALM 3-drawer chest tipped over and trapped him between the dresser drawers.
Previously reported deaths with other model IKEA chests and dressers include:
- July 1989: A 20-month-old girl from Mt. Vernon, Va. died after an unanchored GUTE 4-drawer chest tipped over and pinned her against the footboard of a youth bed.
- March 2002: A 2½-year-old boy from Cranford, N.J. died after an unanchored RAKKE 5-drawer chest tipped over and fatally pinned him to the floor.
- October 2007, a 3-year-old girl from Chula Vista, Calif. died after a KURS 3-drawer chest tipped over and fatally pinned her to the floor. It is unknown whether the dresser was anchored or not.
Sold at: IKEA stores nationwide and online at www.IKEA.com from January 2002 through June 2016 for between $70 and $200. Other chests and dressers subject to this recall were sold between approximately 1985 and June 2016.
Importer: IKEA Supply AG, of Switzerland (May 2009 – present) and predecessors to IKEA Supply AG (1985 – May 2009)
Manufactured in: Various countries
Note: Dangerous tip-over incidents often occur when curious kids climb on furniture in an attempt to access TVs, toys, remotes or other desired items. While the threat is serious, the solution is simple. Anchor TVs, furniture and appliances in the home. And when product recalls are announced, act on them immediately. Visit AnchorIt.gov to see how TV and furniture tip-over incidents occur and the simple steps to prevent them.
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- MALM 3 Drawer Chest