Ikea Orders a Complete Recall of Dangerous Dressers
Over the course of the last two decades, there have been over 80 reports of Malm and other Ikea dressers falling forward when they are not secured to the wall. Accidents caused by these unstable dressers have resulted in a total of six fatalities, the last three of which occurred in the past two years.
“If you have or think you might have one of these products, please act immediately… It is simply too dangerous. I repeat, it is too dangerous to have the recalled furniture in your home unanchored. Especially if you have young children,” said Elliot Kaye, Chairman of the Consumer Product Safety Commission. This grave statement came at a recall announcement for the Ikea dressers on June 28th.
Last summer, Ikea issued a warning about the roughly 27 million dressers which have been sold over the last two decades. Reluctant to issue a recall at that time, Ikea instead offered a repair. They offered customers equipment to secure the dressers to the wall as an added safety precaution but continued to sell the units, even though they had been deemed dangerous.
Ikea is currently offering a full refund to any who have purchased a Malm or other similar dressers from Ikea between January 2002 and June 2016.
Ikea’s Responsibility to Consumers
It is the responsibility of manufacturers to ensure that their products are safe for consumers. Even the most basic design flaws could have catastrophic consequences. If there is evidence that a product is not safe, if there is a risk of injury or fatality to consumers, those companies must do all that they can to ensure that their products are either improved upon until they adhere to those basic safety standards, or they must issue an immediate recall on their products, well before there are more fatalities. Had Ikea taken the most basic precautions, had they altered their design at any point over the last twenty years, a recall of this magnitude, and future product liability claims may have been avoided.