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Ikea issue safety alert after two children killed by falling drawers - Yorkshire Hub

Ikea issue safety alert after two children killed by falling drawers

A safety alert has been issued about Ikea’s drawers and wardrobes after two children were killed when they fell on to them.

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A two-year-old boy from Pennsylvania died in February 2014 when a Malm chest fell on him and pinned him to a bed.

Three months later, a 23-month-old child from Washington was killed in when a three-drawer Malm chest tipped over.

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has warned people to stop using Ikea’s wardrobes and chests of draws for children unless they are securely attached to the wall.

Ikea North America is now offering free wall-anchoring kits after the safety alert, the commission said in a statement.

Ikea UK and Ireland have launched a safety awareness campaign following the issues in the US and that the best way to prevent accidents is to secure the furniture to the wall.

IKEA is committed to raising awareness of the hazard of furniture tip over and in many IKEA markets, including the UK, we are running a safety awareness campaign called “Safer Homes together – Secure it!” in order to raise awareness of this issue.

As part of the ongoing campaign, IKEA US, in cooperation with the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, yesterday announced a free wall-anchoring kit program.

IKEA already provides tip over restraints and instructions with all floor standing units that are purchased which are required to be fastened to the wall. Warnings about the importance of using the tip over restraints provided are included in the assembly instructions which give step by step instructions for their use.

Information about furniture tip over restraints is available on the price tag on display units, in IKEA store signage and online.

– GERARD BOS, IKEA UK AND IRELAND CUSTOMER RELATIONS MANAGER,

“CPSC and IKEA are urging consumers to inspect their Ikea chests and dressers to ensure that they are securely anchored to the wall,” a statement said.

“Consumers should move unanchored chests and dressers into storage or other areas where they cannot be accessed by children until the chests and dressers are properly anchored to the wall.”

The commission said there had been 14 reports of “tipover accidents” involving the Malm chests, resulting in four serious injuries.

The statement also said that Ikea is aware of three other reports of deaths since 1989 from similar accidents involving other models of Ikea chests and dressers.

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