Furniture company, IKEA, has recently issued a warning about its Malm line, which is available in stores throughout the world, including the UK and the US. The warning was a result of two children killed in separate incidents in 2014. Then, in February, 22-month-old Ted McGee was killed when a six-drawer unit fell on top of him.
Ted’s mother, Janet McGee, from Minnesota, said she had put her son down for a nap and was checking on him every 20 minutes when she found him underneath the piece of furniture.
The U.S. Product Safety Commission labeled it a “tragic tip-over fatality.” They are also reviewing the case. The warnings refer to 27 million pieces that range in cost between $46 and $179. In February 2014, two-year-old Curren Collas died when a six-drawer Malm chest fell on him and pinned him to a bed. Three months later, a 23-month-old child from Snohomish, Washington was killed when a three-drawer chest fell on him.
The company then launched a free wall-anchoring program for customers in the US and the UK to help prevent further home accidents.
A spokesman for IKEA said, “We at IKEA offer our deepest condolences to the McGee family. At IKEA, we believe children are the most important people in the world and the safety of our products is our highest priority. Upon being informed of this incident IKEA US immediately reported it to the authorities and an investigation is taking place. IKEA US has been advised that the product was not attached to the wall, which is an integral part of the product’s assembly instructions.”
Although, the McGees’ lawyer claims the family was not aware of the issue or of the campaign. In addition, it was reported that IKEA and the U.S. consumer panel had received 14 reports of “tipover” accidents involving Malm chests, that came with four injuries.