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What IKEA is doing in the wake of increased tip-over claims

On Behalf of | Apr 30, 2021 | Injuries To Children

Throughout New York and the rest of the nation, some parents are seeing a sight that no one wants to see: furniture tipped over onto their children. Almost any dresser carries the risk of tipping over, especially when it gets climbed on. However, it appears that dressers from IKEA have been extremely hazardous regarding tip-over incidents.

How IKEA’s new requirement works

IKEA now requires all of its customers in the United States to acknowledge the risk that this company’s furniture can tip over. They are also encouraged to properly attach certain types of IKEA furniture to a wall. After an in-store or online customer purchases certain chests of drawers or similar storage units from IKEA, they will get asked to access and sign an online form.

A customer will need to provide their name and email on this form to receive any potential safety updates from IKEA. Only after filling out IKEA’s requirement and presenting it to an associate in-store or online can a customer complete their purchase.

IKEA’s troubled past regarding furniture-related accidents

In 2016, IKEA recalled 17.3 million units of furniture due to safety concerns. However, this was far from the last time this furniture company found itself dealing with defective products that cause injuries to children. In 2017, a 2-year-old boy in California died after getting trapped under one of IKEA’s Malm dressers.

While IKEA is taking steps to prevent future injuries and deaths related to furniture tipping over by warning customers about the risks, some advocates want this company to do more. Many people want IKEA to put more effort into designing furniture that isn’t so prone to tipping over.