IKEA Finally Recalls Millions of MALM Dressers After 6 Child Deaths
The most recent toddler death caused by a MALM dresser has prompted IKEA to finally pull them off the market.
I'm standing in my 13-year-old daughter's room, staring at her IKEA MALM dresser.
It certainly doesn't look like it has the potential to be a deadly weapon.
What it looks like is a nice, sturdy set of drawers that contains my daughter's entire wardrobe. Her favorite pictures of family and friends float in silver picture frames on top. Last year, we even pimped out the drawers with a really cool set of O'verlay panels.
But, shockingly, three children have been killed by this exact dresser in the last two years, after it tipped over and crushed them. And between 1989 and 2014, three more child deaths were attributed to the dressers.
The MALM dressers and chests may look solid, but they can be pulled over by a child if they aren't securely attached to the wall. And when multiple drawers are opened, they become vulnerable to tipping over—something I've actually seen happen in my own home.
In 2014, two toddlers died in MALM tip-over accidents. But instead of pulling them off the market, IKEA instead began offering free wall anchoring kits for all their MALM chests and dressers and launched an anchoring safety campaign last July.
But then in February, a third child—a 22-month-old boy—died in Minnesota after one of the dressers fell on top of him.
Now, finally, IKEA and the CPSC have announced a recall of 29 million products in the MALM series. And IKEA USA president Lars Peterson told NBC News the company will no longer be selling the items.
"Please take them out of the room," he implored.
"If you have or think you have one of these products, act immediately," added CPSC Chairman Elliot Kaye in a statement. "It is simply too dangerous to have the recalled furniture in your home unanchored, especially if you have young children."
You don't have to tell me twice.