Safety Warnings Reiterated After Ikea Chest Of Draws Falls On Toddler

April 29, 2016
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IKEA has recently been forced to issue customers with a cautionary about their Malm budget furniture range, after a child was crushed to death when a chest of drawers fell on him.

This is not the first time the Swedish brand has issued such warnings in relation to this very range. The advice was first given in July last year after two children were killed in separate cases.

In the third and most recent case, a 22-month old tipped a wooden chest of drawers onto himself while in his room. He’s Mom, who thought he was asleep in his bed, found him lying under the chest.

Apparently the self-assembly chest was not fixed to the wall and this is why IKEA has issued another safety warning to parents.

An Ikea spokesperson issued the warning advising:

We wish to emphasise that the best way to prevent tip-over of chests of drawers is to attach products to the wall with the included restraints and hardware per the assembly instructions. Ikea has included restraints with our chest of drawers for decades, and wall attachment is an integral part of the assembly instructions.”

On average, one child dies every two weeks when a piece of furniture, a television or appliance falls on to him or her. By anchoring large furniture, televisions and appliances these tragedies can be prevented.

What are “restraints” as Ikea refers to in it’s statement?

Restraints are basically anchors which are anti-tipping devices. These anti-tipping devices can be installed relatively easily and are inexpensive. As Ikea mentions, these are usually included with the purchase of a chest of drawers, but you could easily find them at any home improvement retailer.

If you are renting your home or unable to anchor against the wall for any reason, you can still anchor your large appliances to a low and sturdy base as far back as possible.

Here’s an instructional video as suggested by the U.S Consumer Product Safety commission.

via YouTube

23 Comments

  1. Lupita Barrios

    May 1, 2016 at 4:46 pm

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  2. Nick Diaz

    May 1, 2016 at 4:50 pm

  3. Hollie McKenzie

    May 1, 2016 at 7:50 pm

    This is really a warning for all furniture. It isn’t just Ikea furniture that tips. Anything can.

  4. Jody Bloom

    May 2, 2016 at 12:51 am

    All furniture can do this!

  5. Cat Bajowski

    May 2, 2016 at 4:02 am

    Michael Bajowski

  6. Marty Mccalla Dial

    May 2, 2016 at 8:18 pm

    Any furniture can tip if drawers are out. We put are sons in closet tell he gets bigger.

  7. josie blanco

    May 4, 2016 at 6:21 pm

    Omg! That’s so scary because my kids have always done that. I had no clue that this was so dangerous.

  8. Susan Osorio

    May 8, 2016 at 4:27 pm

    Rosalba Sandoval fyi

  9. Lynette Ellsworth Brown

    May 8, 2016 at 5:49 pm

    Natalie De Jesus

  10. Methaq Ali Yousif

    May 8, 2016 at 7:44 pm

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  11. Shannon Leigh Johnson

    May 8, 2016 at 7:44 pm

    Yup, I did that when I was a kid and I remember the whole bookshelf falling over on me. The couch caught the top end so I was only hit with books and not the shelf. Gotta watch kids closely!

  12. Alexandra Pereira

    May 8, 2016 at 11:12 pm

    One of the saddest most beautiful anime movies I have ever watched .

  13. Suzanna Cooper

    May 8, 2016 at 11:48 pm

    Great job paying attention there!!

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    May 8, 2016 at 11:52 pm

    Love this movie

  15. Meghan Elyzabeth

    May 9, 2016 at 12:03 am

    What movie is this

  16. Tülay Dicle

    May 9, 2016 at 4:56 am

    Derya Dicle Özer

  17. Cynthia Tan

    May 9, 2016 at 6:02 am

    I think the hot iron being so near to the toddler is also dangerous!

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    May 9, 2016 at 7:20 am

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  19. Daniela Lescieur

    May 9, 2016 at 1:34 pm

    De guenaaas que no tenemos muebles tan altos!!! Horacio Hernández Avilés

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