IKEA is asking all customers who have purchased its Malm line of dressers and chests to anchor the pieces of furniture to the wall using a free kit that can be picked up at any IKEA store.
The furniture chain is offering the anchor kits as a result of two children having died as a result of Malm dressers tipping over onto them. According to Business Insider, a 2-year-old boy in West Chester, Pennsylvania, died in 2014 after pulling a Malm six-drawer dresser onto himself, and a second boy was fatally pinned by a three-drawer Malm dresser. In both cases, the pieces of furniture had not been secured to the wall.
The dressers in question have three, four or six drawers. IKEA estimates that there are 27 million units out there that could pose a threat to children’s safety. (See a video of what the dressers look like here.)
According to a press release from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, “unstable and unsecured TVs and large pieces of furniture kill a child every two weeks, on average, in tip-over incidents that are easily preventable.”
Yahoo News reports that consumers are being discouraged from using children’s chests and dressers taller than 23.5 inches and adult dressers taller than 29.5 inches without anchoring them to the wall.