WASHINGTON (Reuters) – IKEA North America is offering repairs for 27 million chests of drawers after two children were killed when the dressers tipped over on them, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said on Wednesday.
The Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, company, a unit of Swedish furniture retailer IKEA AB, is making available free wall-anchoring kits for its MALM three- & four-drawer chests, two styles of six-drawer MALM chests, & for other chests of drawers & dressers, the commission said in a statement.
"The chests & dressers can pose a tipover hazard if not securely anchored to the wall," the statement said.
A 2-year-old boy from West Chester, Pennsylvania, died in February 2014 when a six-drawer MALM chest fell on him & pinned him to a bed, the statement said.
A 23-month-old child from Snohomish, Washington, was killed in June 2014 when a three-drawer MALM chest tipped over & trapped him.
IKEA & the consumer panel have gotten 14 reports of tipover accidents involving MALM chests, resulting in four injuries. IKEA moreover knows of three other reports of deaths since 1989 from tipovers involving other models of IKEA chests & dressers, the statement said.
About 7 million MALM chests & 20 million other IKEA chests & dressers are involved in the repair program.
The MALM chests were sold starting in 2002 at a price ranging from approximately $80 to $200.
(Reporting by Ian Simpson; Editing by Sandra Maler)
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