Ikea has issued another warning about properly fastening their popular MALM furniture to your walls. This warning comes after a tragic accident—the third death caused by an Ikea MALM Dresser falling on a child. Ted McGee from Philadelphia was only 22 months old when his MALM chest of drawers toppled on top of him, taking his life.
A spokesperson from Ikea stated that the furniture retail giant would not be issuing a recall on the MALM range of furniture. The decision not to recall is kind of shocking to me considering much smaller products are recalled daily—Costco completely and swiftly removed from shelves and recalled frozen berries were recently after reports of illness. They even went so far as to phone everyone who purchased the product. Yet, after three reported deaths, no recall on the MALM.
At the same time, Ikea stands by the product and claims it is entirely safe so long as it's properly and safely attached to the wall using the included anchors and assembly manual. They are diligent about warnings and clearly label instruction manuals and tags on product in store.
Here is a quote from the Ikea spokesperson:
'We at Ikea offer our deepest condolences to the McGee family. At Ikea, we believe children are the most important people in the world and the safety of our products is our highest priority.
'Upon being informed of this incident Ikea US immediately reported it to the authorities and an investigation is taking place. Ikea US has been advised that the product was not attached to the wall, which is an integral part of the products' assembly instructions.
'Ikea has also been working to raise awareness of the importance of securing furniture to the wall. Besides providing tip-over restraints with all storage furniture where wall attachment is required, Ikea runs the campaign 'Secure It!'.
This type of tragic accident can and does happen with any dresser or piece of furniture, it doesn't even have to be something so large and heavy—so please parents, spend a few dollars and get a kit for any furniture to be fastened to the wall.
When my son was about a year old, he climbed up the TV stand and it fell down. Luckily, he was only left with a split lip but it could have been so much worse. Since then, everything in my home is fastened if it could potentially fall over.
Back in 2015, Ikea issued a warning for about 27 million units after two other young children were killed, calling for customers to return their MALM dressers and offering a free kit to anchor the dresser to a wall. The intention being that this would prevent any further harm to our precious little ones.
Ted's family and lawyers are calling to have a recall issued on the product.
So what do you think—recall or not?