If you have an Ikea dresser, you seriously need to pay attention to this. The company recalled more than 29 million of its popular Malm dresser styles in 2016 after six children were killed and 36 were injured by the heavy furniture tipping over on top of them. However, it seems the recall didn't work because two more children have been killed. The eighth was crushed to death in May 2017.
A two-year-old child named Jozef Dudek was asleep in his home in California when a three-drawer Ikea dresser fell on top of him. “It fell over on top of him,” explained Daniel J. Mann, the family's lawyer. “It didn’t contact any furniture.” Daniel says that the family is “absolutely distraught” to have lost their little boy, especially in such a tragic and unnecessary way.
— US Consumer Product Safety Commission (@USCPSC) June 28, 2016
In 2016, Ikea came under fire for the deaths and injuries of children due to the instability of the dressers, so they tried to remedy the problem by recalling the furniture. At the time they offered a full refund for any pieces manufactured between 2002 and 2016, or a free repair kit that included a wall anchor to prevent the tall items from tipping. It was a good idea, but unfortunately, not many people took them up on the offer.
Nancy Cowles, executive director of the non-profit Kids In Danger, told ABC News that only about three percent of all customers that purchased these defective items even came in for the refund or kit. “We have to do better, because these are just ticking landmines in a child’s bedroom,” she insisted. She believes Ikea needs to work harder to warn families of the dangers before more kids get hurt. Our advice? If you have one of these in your home, replace it ASAP!