Ikea is recalling 29m “Malm” chests of draws in North America and 1.7m Malm dressers in China after the death of three children in the US.
In addition to the three deaths since 2014, Ikea had received reports of 41 tip-over incidents involving the “Malm” chests and dressers, resulting in 17 injuries to children between the ages of 19 months and 10 years, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) said.
The CPSC has launched an education programme to promote awareness of the problem across the industry. Ikea said it would help promote the campaign across the world.
Since 2002, Ikea has sold 65m sets of Malm drawers worldwide.
An initial company statement read: “Ikea US and Ikea Canada will launch a local recall of chests of drawers in North America only.”
“Ikea chests of drawers are safe when anchored to the wall per the assembly instruction, using the tip over restraint provided with the product.”
This recall has now been extended to China as a result of pressure from regulators.
Consumer advocacy groups in the UK and Australia have questioned why Ikea has not undertaken a worldwide recall.