What to Know
- One of the children was killed 27 years ago; the other deaths were between 2002 and 2016
- Authorities say they received 36 reports of children who were injured
- The recalled units were sold at Ikea stores for years
Ikea is recalling 29 million chests and dressers after six children were killed when the units toppled over and fell onto them.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Tuesday the chests and dressers are unstable if they are not secured to a wall.
All the children killed were 3 years old or younger, the CPSC said. One of the children was killed about 27 years ago. The other deaths were more recent, between 2002 and 2016. The CPSC said it received 36 reports of children who were injured.
The recall, which only applies to customers in the U.S. and Canada, includes several types of Ikea chests and dressers. Ikea said the units under the recall are children's chests and drawers taller than 23.5 inches and adult chests and dressers taller than 29.5 inches.
The recalled units were sold at Ikea stores for years.
Anyone who owns a recalled chest or dresser and has not attached it to a wall should move the furniture out of reach of children, the Swedish retailer said. Ikea is offering free kits to attach the chests and dressers to a wall.
The company said it will give a full refund to owners of recalled chests and dressers made between 2002 and 2016. For recalled units made before 2002, customers can receive a store credit for half the original price.
Ikea USA president Lars Petersson said the chests and dressers were sold with instructions saying they must be mounted to walls. Last year, the company offered free wall-mounting kits to owners of its MALM chests and dressers after reports of children's deaths.