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IKEA recalls 27M dressers after two children die

By Danielle Haynes
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The six-drawer MALM chest is among 27 million dressers IKEA is recalling due to two child deaths in 2014. Photo courtesy The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
The six-drawer MALM chest is among 27 million dressers IKEA is recalling due to two child deaths in 2014. Photo courtesy The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa., July 22 (UPI) -- IKEA on Wednesday recalled about 27 million chests and dressers after two children died from the furniture falling on them, consumer safety officials said.

The home goods company issued a recall on all IKEA brand children's dressers taller than 23 1/2 inches tall and adult dressers taller than 29 1/2 inches tall.

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The notice was prompted by incidents in 2014, in which dressers fell on top of and killed two children. In February, a 2-year-old boy in West Chester, Pa., died after a six-drawer MALM chest 48 3/8 inches tall fell over on him, pinning him against his bed. A 23-month old child in Snohomish, Wash., also died in June 2014 after a three-drawer MALM chest 30 3/4 inches tall tipped over.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is calling the alert a recall, but customers are not expected to return the dressers and chests in question to IKEA. Instead, the company is offering a free wall-anchoring kit for all items in question.

Consumers whose dressers aren't anchored to the wall are encouraged to move the items to a place where they can't be accessed by children until they can be anchored at a future date. For more information about the repair process, visit www.IKEA-USA.com/saferhomestogether.

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