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IKEA recall 30 million drawers after eight children killed – but not in the UK

IKEA is urgently recalling of one of its most popular ranges in the US and Canada.

The move comes after the deaths of eight children.

Jozef Dudek was crushed by the Malm chest of drawers during his nap time.

IKEA recalled 1.66 million chest of drawers in China, following a 36 million recall in North America and Canada, last year.

But, as yet, there is no recall in the UK.

Customers of the Swedish furniture store – which has an outlet in Coventry – were warned not to use larger wardrobes and drawers unless secured to a wall.

Josef, from California, died in May – after the range was recalled – and his family are suing the Swedish furniture giant.

The furniture can be bought for between £49 and £100.

IKEA’s MALM dresser

“Our hearts go out to the affected family, and we offer our sincere condolences during this most difficult time,” Ikea said in a statement to the BBC.

“The initial investigation indicates that the chest involved in this incident had not been properly attached to the wall.”

Daniel Mann, the Dudek family’s lawyer, told The Inquirer: “Jozef’s tragic death was completely avoidable.

“What makes this death more heartbreaking is the fact that last year’s so-called recall was poorly publicized by Ikea and ineffective in getting these defective and unstable dressers out of children’s bedrooms across the country.”

Ikea previously agreed to pay three families a combined $50 million (£38 million) in compensation after their children died when the chest of drawers toppled over on top of them.

IKEA said: “Consumers should immediately stop using any recalled chest or dresser that is not properly anchored to the wall and place it in an area that children cannot access.

“Contact IKEA for a choice between two options: refund or a free wall-anchoring kit.

“IKEA will pick up the recalled dressers free of charge or provide a one-time, free in-home wall-anchoring service for consumers upon request.”

Donna Moore, country customer relations manager at IKEA, said: “IKEA chests of drawers meet all mandatory stability requirements in all markets where sold and we would like to reassure people that IKEA chests of drawers are safe when anchored to the wall as per the assembly instructions, using the tip over restraint provided with the product.

“We are committed to raising awareness among consumers of the tip over risks and how to prevent them and are convinced that we can make a difference by sharing knowledge about safety in the home through our Secure It awareness campaign.”

 

Article Source: coventrytelegraph.net

 

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