No UAE recall of controversial Ikea dressers

Ikea has confirmed that it will not be recalling its Malm chests of drawers in the UAE, and assured that they do not pose a safety risk to consumers when assembled according to the instructions provided.

The assertion was made after the Swedish retailer’s announcement on Tuesday that it would be recalling 29 million dressers from the US market.

It said the furniture can pose, “a tip-over and entrapment hazard that can result in death or injuries to children” if it is not properly anchored to a wall.

The recall did not affect the UK and Ireland either.

An Ikea spokesperson told Gulf News that tip-over restraints and instructions are delivered with all floor standing units, which are required to be fastened to the wall.

Warnings about the importance of using the tip-over restraints provided are also included in the assembly instructions.

According to Ikea, the recall is for several types of Ikea chests and dressers, including the Malm line.

Ikea said the units under the recall are children’s chests and drawers taller than 60cm and adult chests and dressers taller than 75cm.

“With the Secure it! campaign, launched globally in stores and on Ikea’s website, Ikea urges customers to inspect their chests of drawers and dressers to ensure that they are securely anchored to the wall according to assembly instructions,” Ikea said in a statement.

The Associated Press reported that the recall was made following the deaths of six children.

All of the children killed were three years old or younger, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) said. One child was killed 27 years ago, with the other deaths having occurred more recently between 2002 and 2016. The CPSC said it received 36 reports of children who were injured.

Ikea said that anyone who owns one of those chests and dressers and has not attached them to a wall should remove it out of reach from children.


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