Ikea recalls 27 million dressers
Ikea is offering repairs on 27 million of its dressers and chests because they can tip over and fall on children if they are not anchored to the wall. Two children have died as a result of accidents involving these products, and New Jersey residents can contact the company for a new free wall anchoring kit if they own the Malm dresser.
The repair is considered a recall, even though Ikea isn’t taking the furniture back. Consumers should move the dresser into a safe area that cannot be accessed by young children while awaiting the items needed for repair. The recall is a voluntary one, issued by Ikea to ensure the safety of its customers. Ikea states that there have been two deaths and four injuries as a result of tip-over accidents involving the recalled chest. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, a child dies due to a furniture or television tip-over in the U.S. about every two weeks. About every 24 minutes, one child is injured in such an incident.
Consumer goods on the market or that have been actually sold may become the target of a product recall if they are deemed unsafe. Products may be considered dangerous if faulty manufacturing, faulty design or a failure to warn consumers about hidden dangers results in injury or death. The manufacturer and seller can then issue refunds on the product and take it back or replace it. They can also offer to make repairs in order to make it safe.
Manufacturers and dealers of a dangerous product may become the target of a products liability lawsuit filed by a person who was injured or the family of a person who was killed as a result of the dangerous product. A person in this situation may wish to speak to an experienced products liability attorney.