On Tuesday, June 28, the Swedish furniture retailer IKEA recalled 36 million chests and dressers in the United States and Canada. The products have already been linked to the deaths of six children, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
The furniture is liable to fall over if a child pushes on it or hangs from it. “It is simply too dangerous to have the recalled furniture in your home unanchored, especially if you have young children,” said CPSC Chairman Elliott Kaye. In 2014, two toddlers died in separate incidents when the recalled MALM chests fell over on them. A 22-month-old boy was killed last year after a similar accident occurred. Furthermore, IKEA has received reports of 41 tip-over incidents involving non-MALM chests that caused 19 injuries and the deaths of three children from 1989 to 2007. As part of the recall, IKEA is offering to refund the product completely or supply consumers with a free wall-anchoring kit.
The attorneys at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® believe it is the manufacturer’s responsibility to test and properly label products before delivering them to buyers, and they should be held liable for the injuries their products may cause. If you or someone you know has been injured by a household product, call our Milwaukee defective household product attorneys at (414) 271-0900.