Popular Swedish retail-giant Ikea has issued an urgent recall concerning a staggering 29 million products that it sells – after 6 children died when they were crushed by the cabinet falling on them.
The Malm chests and dressers have all been involved in the deaths of the 6 children – who were all aged 3-years-old or younger. The company has offered refunds or free kits to attach the furniture to a wall. The recall concerns units in the US and Canada – with China added to the list following pressure from consumers. In the US, the company has teamed up with a consumer product safety charity to launch the “Secure it” campaign.
In this campaign, and at the time of the incidents that first hit the news at the end of June, the company stated that “all chests and drawer should be attached to a wall to prevent them from toppling over” but added that “anyone who owns a chest or dresser that is not mounted to a wall should remove them out of reach from children.”
The UK and Ireland Ikea stores are also offering the wall fixing kits.
Patrull baby safety gates, that are also sold by the company, are also being recalled after Ikea confirmed there was “a problem” and added the product was “not reliable”.
Full refunds are also being offered to those that have one of these gates.