Ikea recalls chests of drawers after three tip-over deaths

Ikea: retailer was forced to issue advice about the Malm range in July last year
Ikea: retailer was forced to issue advice about the Malm range in July last year

Ikea is recalling 29 million chests of drawers in North America following the deaths of three young US children in the last two years.

The children were killed in three separate incidents when an Ikea Malm chest of drawers tipped over on top of them.

The Swedish retail giant has faced calls for some time to pull the chests that have been on sale for over a decade. It has seen a barrage of negative publicity in recent years as well as legal action from parents of the dead children.

The company told NBC News it had stopped selling the Malm product series as the furniture "could be a danger". However, while it has finally agreed to pull the furniture in the US and Canada, it said it would not be recalling the products in the UK or Ireland. No reason was given.

A year ago Ikea, had distributed free kits to anchor the chests to the wall and continues to insist that the chests are safe when properly anchored.

The retailer was forced to issue advice about the range in July last year after two children were killed in separate incidents in 2014.

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission said a child dies every two weeks from tip-over furniture accidents and one is taken to the emergency room every 24 minutes for the same reason.

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