Ikea to recall chests of drawers in North America after child deaths

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission and Ikea announce the recall of 29 million chests and dressers in the US that regulators say are 'too dangerous' to have in a home with young children. An additional 7 million have been recalled in Canada.
Ikea is recalling its popular Malm line of chest drawers over stability concerns, with six children having been killed in accidents over the past 13 years.
Ikea is recalling its popular Malm line of chest drawers over stability concerns, with six children having been killed in accidents over the past 13 years.PHOTO: IKEA

STOCKHOLM (AFP) - Furniture giant Ikea said on Tuesday (June 28) it would recall its hugely popular Malm model of chest of drawers after six children were crushed to death when the chests tipped over.

"Today, Ikea US and Ikea Canada will launch a local recall of chests of drawers in North America only," a spokesman for the Ikea group, Ms Kajsa Johansson, told AFP.

US media reported that 29 million chests of drawers were being recalled. Ikea was to issue a statement later Tuesday in the US and Canada.

Ms Johansson stressed that the drawers "meet all mandatory stability requirements on all markets where sold", and said the bureau was "safe when anchored to the wall" as instructed.

The Swedish group said six deaths had been reported in the past 13 years involving Ikea chests of drawers, all in the US, including three since 2014. None of the chests had been anchored to the wall.

In 2015, Ikea launched a campaign in the US and Canada to encourage owners of the Malm chests of drawers to anchor them to the wall.