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Australian Parents Urged to Anchor IKEA Drawers Following Product Recall in US After Toddler Death

Australian Parents Urged to Anchor IKEA Drawers Following Product Recall in US After Toddler Death

IKEA US issued a voluntary recall of 29 million MALM chest of drawers on Monday following the tragic death of 22 month old Ted McGee in Minnesota in February.  Ted was found beneath the 6 drawer MALM unit after it fell on him. It is reportedly the 6th death of a child under 3 linked to the furniture in the US, with many more injuries also being reported.

Ted McGee
22 month old toddler Ted McGee

The recall affects children’s chests and dressers taller than 23.5 inches and adult chests and dressers taller than 29.5 inches that do not meet the performance requirements of the U.S. voluntary industry standard.

Whilst the recall does not apply to Australian consumers, it serves as a powerful reminder to parents to take heed of the instructions to anchor the furniture to the wall.

 

Warning as it appears on the MALM assembly instructions.
Warning as it appears on the MALM assembly instructions.

“IKEA provides anti-tip restraints and instructions for wall anchoring with all chests of drawers and other furniture which is at risk of tipping,” said IKEA Australia spokeswoman.
“We wish to emphasise that the best way to prevent tip-over of chests of drawers is to attach products to the wall as per the assembly instructions.”

The hard-hitting demonstration produced by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission is enough to convince parents everywhere of the necessity of securing furniture safely. The confronting demonstration is both terrifying and compelling.  We strongly urge you to watch it and share this important information with your friends and loved ones.  It could save a child’d life.

 

Jolene

Jolene

Jolene enjoys writing, sharing and connecting with other like-minded women online – it also gives her the perfect excuse to ignore Mount-Washmore until it threatens to bury her family in an avalanche of Skylander T-shirts and Frozen Pyjama pants. (No one ever knows where the matching top is!) Likes: Reading, cooking, sketching, dancing (preferably with a Sav Blanc in one hand), social media, and sitting down on a toilet seat that one of her children hasn’t dripped, splashed or sprayed on. Dislikes: Writing pretentious crap about herself in online bio’s and refereeing arguments amongst her offspring.

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