IKEA recalls drawers after the deaths of three children, but do YOU know how to anchor your furniture?

(6 ratings)
IKEA is recalling 29 million MALM chests of drawers after three children were crushed by the product in recent years.

In 2015, the US consumer product safety commission released a warning to parents using IKEA MALM furniture in their children's bedrooms, after two children were killed by falling furniture the previous year.

A two-year-old boy from West Chester, Pennsylvania, died in February 2014 after a six-drawer MALM chest fell on him and pinned him to a bed, the statement said.

Similarly, a 23-month-old child from Snohomish, Washington, suffered the same fate in June 2014 when a three-drawer MALM chest tipped over and trapped him underneath.

However, while initial advice was to use wall mounts, a third death in 2016 has prompted the Swedish brand to issue a full recall of any children's chest of drawers higher than 23.5 inches (60 cm) and adult chests of drawers and dressers above 29.5 inches.

IKEA MALM chest of drawers come in various sizes, but should always be affixed to the wall when used in a child's bedrooms

As a result of the recall, which only applies in the US, customers will be offered a refund or a free wall-anchoring repair kit, but advice is that if you own a MALM product and have not attached it to a wall, you should take it out of the reach of children.

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission added that in addition to the deaths, IKEA has received reports of 41 tip-over incidents involving the MALM chests and dressers, resulting in 17 injuries to children between the ages of 19 months and 10 years old.

Do you know how to make your furniture safe?

Last year, a video released by the same body demonstrated just how easy it is for a child to come to harm simply from furniture in the home. 

The eye-opening film focuses on the risk that furniture can easily topple over when just a little extra weight is applied to it. The weight, for example, of a small child.

The first scene looks like a standard family living room. There are kids' pictures on the walls and children's books on shelves. To the left of the frame is a tall chest of drawers with a TV stood on top, like you might find in any home.

The child-sized dummy is placed midway up the chest of drawers, highlighting just how easy it is for a child to open the drawers and use them to climb up the furniture. As time elapses, the chest begins to topple forwards, landing with great force on top of the child dummy, with alarming results. Although it's not MALM drawers that are featured in the video, the sentiment is very much the same.

The video states: 'A TV falling from an average-sized dresser can strike a child with the force of a thousand pounds.' That's around 70 stone - almost six times the weight of the average woman.

The chest of drawers crushes the dummy's body, and the large TV lands directly onto the dummy's face. Worrying? Very. Are your thoughts desperately turning to everything in your house that could now be a risk? Ours too.

Thankfully, there is a way to protect this from happening to your kids, simply by fitting some anti-tip devices. They can be bought cheaply on Amazon for TV sets and furniture, and can be fitted at home. They secure items and prevent them from coming completely away from the wall.

Watch the video below

Continued below...

Have you returned a set of MALM drawers to IKEA, or had them fixed to the wall? Let us know in the comments below

Your rating

Average rating

  • 4
(6 ratings)

Your comments

comments powered by Disqus

FREE Newsletter