Wednesday 7 December 2016

Toppling furniture a risk to young children, parents told

Published 24/07/2015 | 02:30

Ikea says it will issue additional free kits to help consumers secure their furniture to prevent any risk of injuries
Ikea says it will issue additional free kits to help consumers secure their furniture to prevent any risk of injuries

Consumers have been warned about the dangers of falling furniture after two children were killed by chests of drawers which toppled over.

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A product safety commission in the US told consumers to stop using such furniture unless it is fixed to a wall.

The furniture involved in the US incidents was from Ikea's Malm range, which is sold here.

Ikea says it will issue additional free kits to help consumers secure their furniture to prevent any risk of injuries.

The range is sold with wall-mounting kits, but free extra kits are being made available to anyone who previously bought the furniture items above specific heights.

Ikea Ireland customer relations manager Gerard Bos said that the items were safe to use.

"Furniture tip-over is a serious safety risk in the home but Ikea chests of drawers and dressers are safe to use when assembled according to the assembly instruction and attached to the wall using the restraints provided in the packaging of these products.

"We are not recalling the Malm chest of drawers. Ikea already provides tip-over restraints and instructions with all floor-standing units that are purchased," he added.

A one-year-old child from Washington was killed in June last year when a chest of drawers fell and trapped him.

Four months earlier, another child died when a six-drawer unit fell on him, pinning him to a bed.

The safety commission and Ikea have received 14 reports of Malm chests tipping over, resulting in four injuries.

Irish Independent

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