The Short: Ikea Recalls 29 Million Chests and Dressers After 6 Children Die
The move by the Swedish company, the world’s largest furniture seller, represented a crucial victory for consumer advocates in a yearslong effort to hold it accountable for a growing death toll of young children dating to 1989.
(He also said that the commission on Tuesday failed to note the death of a 3-year-old girl that was blamed on Ikea furniture in 2005, raising the toll to at least seven).
The Long: (He also said that the commission on Tuesday failed to note the death of a 3-year-old girl that was blamed on Ikea furniture in 2005, raising the toll to at least seven).
Lars Petersson, the president and chief executive of Ikea USA, said the recalled furniture was never intended to be free-standing, but rather secured to walls with provided straps, a step he called “an integral part of the assembly instructions.” A child dies, on average, once every two weeks in accidents that involve the toppling of furniture or bulky television sets, according to the safety commission.
The recall on Tuesday applies to all Ikea furniture that fails that test, the commission said.
As part of the agreement on Tuesday, Ikea agreed to pick up the recalled furniture from customers’ homes and issue a refund, or to install an anchor that secures them to the wall.
Kaye, the safety commission chairman, said on Tuesday that he was encouraged by Ikea’s willingness make changes, adding, “That doesn’t exonerate them from the past, but it is, from a consumer-safety standpoint, a positive announcement.” A version of this article appears in print on June 29, 2016, on page B3 of the New York edition with the headline: Ikea to Recall Furniture Blamed in Toddlers’ Deaths.