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Ikea recalls drawers linked to death of six children

Ikea has issued a Canadian recall notice for millions of chests of drawers that can tip over, a safety hazard that has been linked to the deaths of six children in the United States over several years as well as dozens of injuries.

The Swedish furniture multinational says it will repair or pay a refund for chests of drawers that don’t meet North American safety standards.

It also urges customers to stop using the affected chests of drawers and put them out of the reach of children until the furniture can be secured to a wall.

Customers who cannot secure the furniture to a wall are advised to bring the pieces back to any Ikea location for a refund.

Ikea Canada’s move is part of a recall of 29 million chests and dressers across the United States and Canada.

The company says there has been no serious incident reported in Canada.

Health Canada issued a statement advising customers to:

  • Consumers should visit IKEA Canada retail locations for a free wall anchoring kit to use with the affected chests of drawers. To receive the anchoring kit by mail, consumers should contact IKEA Customer Support Centre at 1-866-866-9807 or by visiting IKEA on line.
  • Consumers are advised to install the kit themselves or contact IKEA Customer Support Centre at 1-866-866-9807 for a one-time free in-home anchoring kit installation service
  • Consumers who would not like to secure the affected IKEA chests of drawers to the wall should return them to any IKEA location for a refund. Consumers are entitled to a full refund for chests of drawers manufactured between January 2002 and June 2016. Consumers with chests of drawers manufactured prior to January 2002 will be eligible for a partial store credit.

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