Ikea is so great for so many things. The meatballs? Delicious. The affordable furniture for families, students and newlyweds? Splendid. But Ikea isn’t perfect. In fact, Ikea can be deadly.
In 2014, two two-year-old boys were killed by a Malm dresser, because it had not been properly anchored into the wall. It fell on them, pinned them, and it’s just a horrific thing, truly. But this wasn’t a one-off incident. Also in 2014, a Malm six-drawer chest fell on a two-year-old in West Chester, Pennsylvania, and in that same year a 23-month old boy from Snohomish, Washington died after he was pinned under a three-drawer Malm chest.
If you’re a child reaching for the highest drawer, there’s a good chance it could easily tip on you. How do you prevent this? Well, you anchor your items, which helps control the chest’s movements. And Ikea is issuing a kit to help you anchor your Malm drawers. Given that 27,000,000 of the things have been sold since 2002, this is relevant information to a lot of people.
If you own a Malm chest of drawers, and you’ve bought it between 2002 and 2015, Ikea will give you the kit you need to ensure the highest safety possible for you and your family.