Ikea issues another warning about dressers that have killed 3 children

Ikea anchor kit as third child dies

Ikea has issued a repeat warning about the dangers its dressers pose to children.

The re-issued warning was posted after a third child was crushed to death when one of the company’s dressers toppled over.

A 22-month-old named Theodore McGee died in February when Ikea’s “Malm” chest of drawers toppled over on him, Today reports.

Ikea warned customers that its dressers could topple over unless they were anchored to the wall.

To help keep children safe, the company also offered free anchoring kits in partnership with the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

27 million dressers have been sold by Ikea that pose a danger to children if left unanchored.

Ikea has distributed more than 300,000 of the kits in the last seven months, the company said.

Along with three child deaths in the last two years, four injuries have been reported.

The CPSC says a child dies every two weeks from furniture or TVs tipping over. Injuries from falling furniture occur every 24 minutes.

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“At IKEA, we believe children are the most important people in the world and the safety of our products is our highest priority,” the company said in a statement to Today.

“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,” the company added.

Written by Tammy Johnson

Tammy Johnson

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