Furniture giant IKEA, acknowledging that several types of its chests and dressers pose a tip-over hazard, has agreed to provide free wall anchoring kits to consumers.
The move by IKEA North America, based in Conshohocken, Pa., comes after two children – a 2-year-old from West Chester, Pa., and a 23-month-old from Snohomish, Washington -- died when company made chests fell on them. Both incidents occurred in 2014 and involved IKEA furniture that wasn’t secured to the wall.
IKEA is offering a free wall anchoring repair kit to consumers who purchased the company’s MALM chests, its children’s chests and dressers taller than 23 ½ inches, and its adult chests and dressers taller than 29 ½ inches. An estimated 7 million MALM chests and about 20 million other IKEA chests and dressers are part of the program.
The kits include replacement restraints, complete wall anchoring hardware, instructions and warning labels to be affixed to the furniture. Consumers can obtain a free wall anchoring kit by visiting an IKEA retail store, by going to www.IKEA-USA.com/saferhomestogether or by calling (888) 966-4532.
The new anchoring kits were announced by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. According to commission statistics, a child dies every two weeks, and a child is injured every 24 minutes in the U.S., from furniture or TVs tipping over.
If a loved one was seriously injured as a result of falling furniture or appliances, you should contact one of our experienced furniture tip-over lawyers at Ross Feller Casey immediately for a free case evaluation.
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