Ikea is offering free wall anchoring repair kits for about 27 million chests and drawers after two children’s deaths were linked to furniture tipping over, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said on Wednesday.
The kit will be offered for 7 million of Ikea’s MALM 3- and 4-drawer chests and two styles of the MALM 6-drawer chests as well as 20 million other chests and dressers.
The kits are designed to help consumers of the products anchor them to a wall to limit the risk of injuries.
“The kit contains replacement tip-over restraints for use by any consumer who has not secured their IKEA chest or dresser to the wall,” the CPSC said. “The kit also includes complete wall anchoring hardware, instructions and warning labels to be affixed to the furniture.”
In February 2014 a two-year-old boy died after a dresser tipped over and pinned him against his bed and in June a 23-month-old child died after being trapped beneath a chest that tipped over. Since 1989 there have been three additional reports of deaths from tip-overs.
To receive a free wall anchoring kit, visit an IKEA retail store, go to www.IKEA-USA.com/saferhomestogether, or call (888) 966-4532.