The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and IKEA North America of Conshohocken, Pa., are recalling all chests and dressers that do not comply with the performance requirements of the U.S. voluntary industry standard (ASTM F2057-14).
The recalled children’s chests and dressers are taller than 23.5 inches and adult chests and dressers are taller than 29.5 inches. The 29 million recalled chests and dressers include: MALM 3-drawer, 4-drawer, 5-drawer and three 6-drawer models and other children’s and adult chests and dressers.
The recalled chests and dressers are unstable if they are not properly anchored to the wall, posing a serious tip-over and entrapment hazard that can result in death or serious injuries to children.
In July 2015, CPSC and IKEA announced a repair program for the chests and dressers that included a free wall-anchoring repair kit for the MALM chests and dressers and other IKEA chests and dressers.
Two tragic fatalities involving MALM chests and dressers occurred prior to the announcement of the repair program:
● In February 2014, a 2-year-old boy from West Chester, Pa., died after a 6-drawer
MALM chest tipped over and fatally pinned him against his bed.
● In June 2014, a 23-month-old boy from Snohomish, Wash., died after he became
trapped beneath a 3-drawer MALM chest that tipped over.
Following the July 2015 announcement, CPSC and IKEA learned of additional tip-over incidents, including a February 2016 incident in which a 22-month-old boy from Apple Valley, Minn., died when a MALM 6-drawer chest fell on top of him.
None of the chests or dressers in the above-listed incidents had been anchored to the wall. In addition to the three deaths, IKEA 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.
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.
Since 1996, IKEA chests and dressers have been labeled to identify IKEA, the model name and the manufacturing date.
The recalled MALM chests were sold from 2002 through June 2016 for between $70 and $200.
The following chests and dressers are being recalled:
What to do
Consumers should immediately stop using any recalled chest and dresser that is not properly anchored to the wall and place it into an area that children cannot access. Contact IKEA for a choice between two options: refund or a free wall-anchoring repair kit.
Consumers are entitled to a full refund for chests and dressers manufactured between January 2002 and June 2016. Consumers with chests and dressers manufactured prior to January 2002 will be eligible for a partial store credit.
Consumers can order a free wall-anchoring repair kit. Consumers can install the kit themselves or IKEA will provide a one-time, free in-home installation service, upon request. Consumers can reorder the kits throughout the life of their chest and dresser.