IKEA Issues Warning For Famous Malm Drawers After Death Of 2 Kids

The Malm chest of drawers is one of IKEA's best selling furniture.

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The death of two children in the United States have forced IKEA, the multinational furniture company to withdraw one of its famous chest of drawers - the Malm

Six-drawer Malm dresser.

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Back in February 2014, two-year-old Curren Collas died after a Malm six-drawer dresser fell on him and pinned him against his bed, which ultimately killed him

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In February last year, two-year-old Curren Collas died after a MALM six-drawer chest tipped over and pinned him against his bed at his family's home in West Chester, Pennsylvania. The boy was climbing on the furniture when it fell, and his mother found her son when she went into his bedroom to get him for breakfast. A coroner ruled he died from compression of the chest.

In the same year, a 23-month-old toddler from Washington died after a three-drawer Malm tipped over and collapsed on him

Three-drawer Malm dresser.

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A two-year-old boy from West Chester, Pennsylvania, died in February 2014 when a six-drawer Malm chest fell on him and pinned him to a bed, the statement said.

Neither units were anchored to the walls although they came with anchoring kits

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The Malm series chest of drawers is sold here in Malaysia as well. From the 'Good to know' section, it clearly states the dresser should be fixed to the wall with the anchoring tools provided.

Malm series chest of drawers is priced from RM179 to RM449.

According to Consumer Product Safety Comission (CPSC), one American child is killed every fortnightly from falling furniture

A child dies every two weeks and a child is injured every 24 minutes in the U.S. from furniture or TVs tipping over, according to CPSC data.

While IKEA is calling this exercise a 'recall', consumers aren't supposed to return the furniture. Instead, they can pick up a free anchoring kit for faulty units

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in cooperation with IKEA North America, of Conshohocken, Pa, is announcing a repair program that includes a free wall anchoring kit, for their MALM 3- and 4-drawer chests and two styles of MALM 6- drawer chests, and other chests and dressers. The chests and dressers can pose a tip-over hazard if not securely anchored to the wall.

The repair program includes seven million Malm chests and around 20 million other pieces of Ikea furniture in the United States.

CPSC chairman Elliot Kaye also called on IKEA to make better and more stable furniture

CPSC chairman, Elliot Kaye.

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"Today is a positive step, and I commend Ikea for taking that step," Kaye said. "But they need to do more and to make more stable furniture and they need to help lead industry."

There is no word yet on the recall of Malm chest of drawers by IKEA Malaysia yet

So if you have a Malm chest of drawers at home, don't panic! Make sure you attach it securely to the wall with the anchoring kit, and keep an eye on your kids!

Awhile back, IKEA created this eatery to celebrate the joy and pleasures of having breakfast in bed...

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