IKEA offers repair kit; follows West Chester child's death

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Curren Collas
Curren Collas

IKEA is offering free wall anchors for nearly 27 million chests and dressers after two children died in tip-over accidents, including a boy from West Chester, Pa.

The furniture maker, along with the Consumer Product Safety Commission, issued a repair program to provide a free wall anchoring kit for 7 million of their MALM 3, 4 or 6 drawer chests, as well as 20 million other IKEA chests and dressers.

IKEA says the furniture can pose a tip-over hazard if not securely anchored to the wall.

The announcement comes more than a year after the death of two-year-old Curren Collas. He died in February 2014 after a MALM 6-drawer chest tipped over and pinned him against his bed.

The other child died in June, 2014. He was a 23-month old from Snohomish, Wash.

The CPSC says a child dies every two weeks and a child is injured every 24 minutes in the U.S. from furniture or TVs tipping over.

To receive a free wall anchoring kit, visit an IKEA retail store or call (888) 966-4532.

For more information:

Announcement on CPSC.gov