BURLINGTON, Ont. – Ikea has issued a Canadian recall notice for millions of chests of drawers that can tip over — a safety hazard that has been linked to the deaths of six children in the United States over several years as well as dozens of injuries.
The Swedish furniture multinational says it will repair or pay a refund for chests of drawers that don’t meet North American safety standards.
It also urges customers to stop using the affected chests of drawers and put them out of the reach of children until the furniture can be secured to a wall.
Customers who cannot secure the furniture to a wall are advised to bring the pieces back to any Ikea location for a refund.
Ikea Canada’s move is part of a recall of some 29 million chests and dressers sold across the United States and some 6.6 million sold in Canada.
The company said it has received three reports of tip-over incidents in Canada with two minor injuries.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Tuesday that all six of the children killed by tipped furniture were three years old or younger. One of the children was killed about 27 years ago. The other deaths were more recent, between 2002 and 2016. The CPSC said it has received 36 reports of children who were injured by the furniture.
Chests and dressers manufactured between January 2002 and June 2016 qualify for a full refund. Furniture made before 2002 may be eligible for a partial store credit.
Ikea says the recall affects about half the models of chests that it has sold over the years. But it adds that all products currently in stores and for sale online do fully meet the current standard.
The Canadian recall includes several versions of Malm chests, one of nearly 20 furniture brands listed by the company. The company has listed the recalled furniture on its website.
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— With files from The Associated Press.