WASHINGTON, D.C. — Ikea and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published a notice that Ikea will voluntarily recall 820,000 of its “Kullen” 3-drawers dresser sets. Ikea’s recall of its Kullen 3-drawer dresser sets is for the United States only. Ikea and the CPSC warn that the recalled furniture could tip on a child. Any child could get severely hurt or suffocate and die if the furniture traps them. Ikea said it would offer the consumer a full refund of the purchase price if the consumer wishes to return the item to the store. Otherwise, Ikea will provide an anchoring system and pay for a one-time installation of the product.
Ikea said that it heard from customers that six of its Kullen drawer sets tipped over. One child received a cut, and another child suffered a cut and a bruise. Fortunately, there were no further problems at this point. Ikea and the CPSC said that consumers should stop using the product and put it in a place where children could not get it until an anchor is installed or the unit is returned to the store.
Ikea sold the recalled Kullen dresser sets for around $60.00 online, and in their showrooms. The company offered the item for sale from April of 2005 until December of 2019. Any of the chests of drawers sold by Ikea and effected by this recall imported after mid-August of 2019 do not comply with safety requirements under U.S. law.
The CPSC reported that 556 children, mostly under 18, died from injuries suffered from furniture tipping over. The overwhelming majority of children who died in tip-over accidents were four-years-old or younger. TV tip-over injuries have begun to ease off as technology increases. However, furniture like dressers, bureaus, and chests continue to fall over onto children when they start climbing on them.
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