IKEA recalls 35 million chests and drawers linked to child, infant deaths and injuries

by Michael Heygood

IKEA has announced that it will recalled 35 million chests and drawers worldwide—including 29 million in the U.S. following reports that they could injure children and infants by tipping over. IKEA says that it has received reports of at least six deaths and dozens of cases of injury among young children linked to the recalled chests and drawers.

The IKEA recall involves about 8 million chests and drawers in the company’s popular Malm line, as well as 21 million additional children’s and adult’s dressers and chests sold in the U.S. In total, more than 100 models of chests and dressers are involved in the recall.

IKEA and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) say that the recalled chests and drawers may tip over when children climb or play in the products. The company says that consumers “should immediately stop using any recalled chest and dresser that is not properly anchored to the wall and place it into an area that children cannot access” in order to prevent an accident from occurring.

IKEA says that it will provide a full refund to customers in the U.S. and Canada for chests and drawers involved in the recall that were purchased between January 2002 and June 2016. The company also said that it would provide a partial refund for recalled products that were purchased before 2002. IKEA also says that it will provide a free wall anchor kit to consumers who would like to keep using their dressers.

IKEA began issuing free wall anchor kits for its chests and drawers last year following reports of two deaths involving children who were killed by toppled Malm furniture. The company decided to issue a recall following reports of a third death involving a Malm chest in February 2016.

In addition to these incidents, IKEA says that it received reports of at least 41 Malm chests or drawers that had tipped over. In total, 17 of these incidents resulted in injuries to the children involved in the accidents, as well as three deaths. IKEA also received reports of 41 accidents involving other chests and drawers sold by the company. These incidents results in 19 cases of injury and three additional deaths.

IKEA is facing a product liability lawsuit filed on behalf of parents whose children were injured or killed as a result of toppled chests or drawers sold by the company. The lawsuit against IKEA alleges that the company waited too long after initial reports of injuries and deaths linked to its Malm furniture and other chests and drawers before recalling these products.

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When products for children are not manufactured to meet the highest safety standards, serious injuries or death may result. Despite the efforts of federal regulators to protect young children and infants, thousands are hospitalized each year because of dangerous consumer goods. If your child has suffered a serious personal injury or death because of a defective or unreasonably dangerous product, you need an experienced, educated attorney who has the financial resources to take the case to trial.

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At Heygood, Orr & Pearson, we are proud of our work on behalf children who have been seriously injured due to the negligence of others. These cases have included a $36 million jury verdict for a child who suffered brain damage and other serious injuries in a bus crash, a $6.7 million verdict for medical errors by a hospital that caused permanent brain damage to an 8-year-old child, and a $2.2 million jury verdict in a lawsuit involving a newborn who suffered moderate brain damage after being improperly discharged from the hospital with low glucose levels.

If your child was injured as a result of products involved in the IKEA recall or has suffered other serious personal injuries or death, contact the lawyers at Heygood, Orr & Pearson for a free case evaluation and to learn more about your legal rights. You can reach us by calling toll-free at 1-877-446-9001, or by following the link to our free case evaluation form and answering a few simple questions to get started.

by Michael Heygood

Michael Heygood is a licensed attorney and partner at HO&P who focuses on insurance and corporate litigation, and other civil arenas. Michael has been named multiple times to the Super Lawyers List.