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Ikea recalls 29 million dressers after 6 children are killed

Consumer Product Safety Commission Chairman Elliot Kaye watches a demonstration of how an Ikea dresser can tip and fall on a child in Washington on Tuesday.
(Carolyn Kaster / Associated Press)

Ikea is recalling 29 million chests and dressers after six children were killed when the units toppled over and fell on them.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Tuesday that the chests and dressers are unstable if they are not secured to a wall.

All of the children killed were 3 or younger, the Product Safety Commission said. One of the children was killed about 27 years ago. The other deaths were more recent, between 2002 and 2016. The safety commission said it received 36 reports of children who were injured.

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The recall, which applies only to customers in the U.S. and Canada, is for several types of Ikea chests and dressers. Ikea said the units under the recall are children’s chests and dressers 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.

The Swedish retailer said that anyone who owns one of those chests and dressers and does not have it attached to a wall, should move it out of reach from children. Ikea is offering free kits to attach the chests and dressers to a wall.

Customers who don’t want to keep the recalled furniture can ask for a refund. Ikea 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.

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Ikea USA President Lars Petersson said the chests and dressers were sold with instructions saying they had to 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.

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