IKEA Doubles Down on Child Safety

ByAnisa Arsenault
Associate Editor
Jul 2015
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IKEA is urging customers to take extra safety precautions when it comes to their kids. The store is issuing free wall anchoring kits for several chests and dressers to promote the practice of securing heavy furniture, preventing tip-overs.

This move comes after two children were killed in separate incidents of MALM chests tipping over. Additionally, IKEA and the CPSC have received reports of 14 MALM-related injuries.

The CPSC — which has raised awareness on wall anchoring this summer — is teaming up with IKEA to get this message out, aiming to lower the frequent rate of tipping-related injuries: one every 24 minutes. Experts deem these incidents 100 percent preventable.

About 7 million MALM chests and 20 million other models of IKEA chests and dressers are part of this repair program. To receive a free wall anchoring kit, visit an IKEA store, go to  www.IKEA-USA.com/saferhomestogether or call (888) 966-4532. Each kit contains tip-over restraints, wall anchoring hardware, warning labels to attach to the furniture and instructions. Best of luck following those IKEA instructions.

If you haven’t anchored upright furniture (or televisions!) to the wall yet, consider it the next step in your baby proofing. We hate to break it to you, but baby gates and outlet covers are just the beginning of the long road of staying one step ahead of your kids.

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Anisa Arsenault
Associate Editor