IKEA recalled around 19 million chests and dressers from its North American market after accidents linked them to 6 children’s deaths and 36 injuries. However, it continues to sell these products in China.
The hazardous pieces of furniture from the MALM line are prone to tipping over and pinning or trapping children, if not secured to a wall. All the cases of injuries occurred with unanchored chests and dressers.
The recalled chests and dressers do not comply with furniture safety standards in the US, but are fine under China’s standards. Many netizens commented that this might just mean that China’s standards are too low.
In China, IKEA launched a campaign urging customers to make sure that all of their chests of drawers and dressers are secured to the wall. Restraint kits can be obtained for free. If you suspect that you have a dangerous chest or dresser, you can check this list of recalled models in the US. The Consumer Product Safety Commission advises customers to “immediately stop using any recalled chest and dresser that is not properly anchored to the wall and place it into an area that children cannot access.”
IKEA has recalled ceiling lamps from its Chinese market before because they had a high risk of falling down.
Here’s IKEA’s strange video campaign. We’re not sure if that laughing kid is a ghost.
Fortunately for IKEA, pictures of a pantyless woman posing around a Beijing IKEA seem to have distracted Chinese netizens by spawning a whole different kind of scandal.
By Amy Yang
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