21 April 2016
Ikea Issue Further Safety Warning After Third Child Death
Ikea have issued another safety warning following the death of a third toddler who was killed by falling furniture.
Ted McGee was crushed to death by the toppling chest in his home in Philadelphia, USA. His mother had put him down to nap, checking on him frequently until she found the 22-month-old lifeless beneath the drawers.
This is the third infant death caused by falling Ikea furniture; the first in 2014 when a chest fell on top of a two-year old in Pennsylvania, and the second only three months later. All three incidents involved items from Ikea’s Malm range, of which more than 12 million have been sold in the UK.
The drawers, measuring four foot in height and eight stone in weight, comes with brackets to secure it to the wall. In summer 2015, Ikea announced the dangers of not securing the unit, offering free fixing brackets to encourage buyers to use them for safety.
A spokesperson from Ikea said: “We at Ikea offer our deepest condolences to the McGee family. 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. We wish to emphasise that the best way to prevent tip-over of chests of drawers is to attach products to the wall with the included restraints and hardware per the assembly instructions.
“Ikea has included restraints with our chests of drawers fir decades, and wall attachment is an integral part of the assembly instructions.”
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