Ikea Canada Warns People To Use Safety Anchors With All Furniture After Deaths of Children

23 July 2015

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Two children in the U.S. have died after Ikea furniture has fallen on them and Ikea is now insisting that people use the safety devices that come with the furniture to ensure it doesn't happen again. Both 2-year-old boys died in 2014 in two separate incidents after their Malm chests tipped and fell on them. Other reports of dressers tipping on people have resulted in more injuries.

Ikea provides tip-over restraints with the assembly instructions provided with all of their furniture. If you have Ikea furniture and you have thrown out the restraints, Ikea will provide you new ones free of charge. You can either hit up your local Ikea store's Exchange department to get a new one or call the Customer Support Centre at 1-866-866-IKEA and they will send one to your door.

Reading these stories of senseless deaths of babies makes me so sad in the heart. None of the dressers or even the bookcases in our home are anchored right now and they have constantly been on my husband's to-do list. But, life gets busy and time gets away from you and "more important" things go to the top of the list. Meanwhile, we use all sorts of other safety measures that probably aren't as important as ensuring that large furniture does not fall on our children.

Child dressers higher than 23.5 inches and adult dressers higher than 29.5 inches should always be anchored to the wall. I know I will be getting on getting some anchors put in, how about the rest of you Moosers? How many of you already have all of your furniture completely secured?

Photo credit: Håkan Dahlström

TOPICS:   Furniture

4 comments

  • Annie
    All of our book cases, cd stands...anything tall that can tip are safely anchored, ikea and other. They sell straps at babies r us. Also useful for flat TVs that aren't mounted to the wall. When you have two boys...the world is their jungle gym.
  • Annie
    Also, just want to mention I love ikea and how proactive they are with safety. They will GIVE you the materials if it's safety related (as they did with the cord tangling problem of their wall mounted night lights; and it's not a problem with the lights, it's where they're placed). No other stores do that and you're obliged to buy the equipment yourself.
  • ben
    Moving this up on my my to-do list. Thanks for the tip.
  • Brooke Wilson EDITOR
    Wow!

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