Ikea, the world's largest furniture retailer, is today warning customers with children about a danger posed by its dressers. Here's what you need to know:
1. The warning was prompted by the deaths of two children in 2014, after MALM dressers tipped over on top of them. You can read their heartbreaking stories in the Washington Post here.
2. The government is asking that "consumers immediately stop using all IKEA children’s chests and dressers taller than 23 ½ inches and adult chests and dressers taller than 29 ½ inches, unless they are securely anchored to the wall."
3. IKEA has announced a free repair program that includes a wall anchoring kit, for their MALM 3- and 4-drawer chests and two styles of MALM 6- drawer chests, and other chests and dressers. You can get your free kit by calling (888) 966-4532 or by visiting Ikea's website, which provides details on how to properly anchor the dressers.
4. The problem is not limited to IKEA. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports that one child ends up in the emergency room for a tipping injury every 24 minutes, and one child dies every two weeks from being crushed, suffocated or struck by a falling object.
5. Prevention is key: Only bring stable furniture into the home and avoid placing temptations like television remotes or toys on top of furniture.
6. Learning how to properly anchor appliances, televisions and furniture is essential.