Build-it-yourself furniture giant Ikea has reissued urgent safety warnings about anchoring furniture to the wall following the third death of a child within two years from pulling over a chest of drawers.
Ikea has urged parents to follow all assembly instructions and repeated its warning to customers to anchor their furniture to prevent more deadly accidents. Ted McGee died in February after he tipped over an IKEA Malm-style chest of drawers on himself while his parents thought he was asleep in his room. The Minnesota boy was 22 months old.
More than 300,000 free anchoring kits have been sent to IKEA customers since July 2015 when the company launched its Secure It! campaign after the deaths of two toddlers, pleading with shoppers to fix certain styles of furniture to the wall to avoid injury, TODAY reports.
“When we all work together, we can reduce the risk of home accidents,” the statement reads.
“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 immediately reported it to the authorities and an investigation is taking place. IKEA has been advised that the product was not attached to the wall, which is an integral part of the products’ assembly instructions.”
IKEA says it has included restraints with dressers and chests of drawers “for decades”.
While the campaign is focusing on the US market, the Malm drawers, and others that need to be secured, are sold in Australia.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission in the US, which is investigating the toddler’s death, says that the dressers and drawers pose a serious risk of injury. It says one child is injured from furniture toppling over every 24 minutes, and a child dies every two weeks from falling furniture or televisions.