IKEA has relaunched a recall of 29 million chests of drawers and dressers in the U.S. and Canada after an eighth child was killed.
In May a toddler from California died after being found trapped underneath an IKEA Malm dresser. Questions have been raised about whether IKEA has made enough effort to spread the word about the recall after it was first announced in June 2016.
However, all related product still remain on sale in the UK.
What is the advice for UK customers?
The recall, which applies only to customers in the U.S. and Canada, is for children’s chests and drawers taller than 23.5 inches and adult chests and dressers taller than 29.5 inches.
The IKEA Malm and similar chests are still on sale in the UK with no plans for a recall.
UK customers with large IKEA dressers are encouraged to use the safety kit provided to attach the product to the wall.
The text on Ikea’s website reads: “The best way to help prevent furniture tip over accidents is to secure furniture to the wall. IKEA urges customers to inspect their IKEA chests of drawers and dressers to ensure that they are securely anchored to the wall using the restraints provided in the packaging.
“Should you need a replacement restraint kit to secure the IKEA furniture in your home, you can call us on 0203 6450010 (UK) to order one free of charge. Alternatively, Click here, to fill out an online form to place your order.”
Further information and instructions
To find out more and learn how to properly secure your furniture, visit IKEA’s Secure It! page.
Lars Petersson, CEO of the Swedish furniture giant, said IKEA is trying to increase awareness of the recall campaign for several types of chest and dressers which can easily tip over if not securely anchored to a wall.
The first known death occurred 28 years ago, with all others occurring since 2002.