Furniture retailer IKEA is warning parents again to anchor furniture to the wall in the wake of a third child's death from a MALM dresser tipping over on him. According to Good Housekeeping, this unthinkable accident happened after a Minnesota mom put her 22-month-old down for a nap. When she went to check on him 20 minutes later, he had been pinned beneath the six-drawer bureau.
But didn't the mother hear her son, Ted, cry out, or hear the dresser fall on him? No, says the McGee family's attorney. Now they are suing IKEA.
Incredibly, the Swedish furniture giant was aware that if not properly secured, the MALM dresser had the potential to tip over and crush a child. In fact, in 2014, two other kids died the same way Ted did. Since 1989, 14 more tip-over incidents were reported, including three more deaths!
This past July, the company issued a recall of the dresser, and offered a repair kit to help parents properly anchor the furniture to the wall. But it continues to sell the item.
At the time, the recall of more than 27 million MALM dressers was issued, CPSC Chairman Elliot Kaye said in a statement, "Today is a positive step and I commend IKEA for taking that step. But they need to do more and to make more stable furniture and they need to help lead industry."
Clearly. Because furniture tipping over and killing kids shouldn't be an issue. My heart breaks for the McGee family, and all other families who lost their children in this horrific way. All I can do is hope IKEA will stop selling this potentially deadly piece of furniture, or do much more to get the message out there that it is dangerous if not properly anchored.
For now, here is a link to the safety information IKEA offers on its website if you want to learn more about how to properly anchor furniture you purchased from the retailer.
Melissa Willets is a writer/blogger and a mom. Follow her on Twitter (@Spitupnsuburbs), where she chronicles her love of exercising and drinking coffee, but never simultaneously.