Rumours broke yesterday that Ikea was going to recall millions of dressers today. And they were right. But it’s not just the Malm, as we originally heard. Ikea is recalling 29 million dressers of all varieties in partnership with the US Product Safety Commission after the death of a 22-month-old child who was crushed by a Malm dresser earlier this year.
According to the BBC, the recall does not apply to the UK and Ireland, despite earlier reports citing that it might. The same is true of other nations, such as Australia where an Ikea spokesperson said that product safety was the "highest priority", but confirmed that it was "not undertaking a recall" in the country.
Three American children have died from Ikea dressers in the past two years. When the dressers aren’t properly bolted to the wall they can easily tip over when the drawers are open. Ikea has even taken the dramatic step of discontinuing some types of Malm dressers entirely, wiping them from the company’s website yesterday.
“If you have or think you have one of these products, act immediately,” the Chairperson of the US Product Safety Commission said today in a statement. “It is simply too dangerous to have the recalled furniture in your home unanchored, especially if you have young children.”
The six models of Malm dressers that are being recalled are below.
“Last year, we launched a repair kit program to communicate the importance of wall attachment, which resulted in the distribution of 300,000 kits to consumers who had not used their original hardware,” an Ikea spokesperson told me over email late last night.
“Since then, we have been in close contact with the CPSC to evaluate the success of the repair program and the impact it is having on consumers’ actions,” the spokesperson said. “We are announcing this recall today given the recent tragic death of a third child. It is clear that there are still unsecured products in customers’ homes, and we believe that taking further action is the right thing to do.”
The list of other dressers affected by this recall is extensive, including everything from the ALESUND four-drawer model to the VOLLEN three-door model. You can see the complete list of non-Malm dressers that have been recalled here.
Ikea is offering US consumers who have purchased one of their recalled dressers two options: a free wall-anchoring repair kit or a refund. Consumers can order a free wall-anchoring kit at the Ikea website. If you’d prefer a refund you can read more about that at Ikea’s website as well.