Among the models being recalled are the the Malm dressers which have led to the death of three children, all around the age of two:
According to Consumer Protection Safety Commission Chairman Elliot Kays: "If you have or think you have one of these products, act immediately," -- "It is simply too dangerous to have the recalled furniture in your home unanchored, especially if you have young children." IKEA is providing wall anchoring kits and is accepting returns of the dressers affected by the recall.
The overall statistics related to tipover injuries are sobering: 25,000 children visit the Emergency Room every year with tipover injuries (for more information). In addition to death, children can suffer broken bones and brain injury.
Companies have a duty to manufacture safe products. It should not take the death of a child, let alone multiple deaths for companies to act. Companies are obligated to take into consideration how their products are typically used and make sure they are safe. Known hazards need to be eliminated or addressed. At a minimum companies that manufacture heavy furniture and products like televisions, need to include brackets and straps and adequate warnings. If you or your child has suffered serious injury from a tipover, you can take action by contacting Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, LLP at (650) 697-6000, or click here.