IKEA never recalled a dresser involved in the death of a 2-year-old. The deadly incident happened on Mother’s Day, May 14, 2017.
The mother found her unresponsive son under the Hemnes dresser. The 2-year-old unfortunately did not survive the incident.
Five months before this deadly incident, a couple shared a video of their two twin sons. In the video, they struggled with the same dresser. In the video, one of the brothers helps the other escape from under the dresser. They did not suffer any injuries. The parents shared the video saying they wanted to raise awareness concerning the dresser and how important it is for parents to anchor it to the wall.
After the incidents and the fact the parents of the toddler who suffered fatal injuries sued the company, IKEA did not issue a recall. According to the manufacturer, the dresser met the industry’s voluntary stability standard, therefore it did not have to recall the item.
The firm said that consumers must assemble its dressers correctly and follow the instructions. In the manual, IKEA tells consumers to anchor the dressers to the wall to avoid accidents. But safety advocates disagree, saying that the firm failed to test its furniture for tip-over hazards.
To safety advocates, the company is putting lives in danger by not recalling the Hemnes eight-drawer dresser.
Avoid IKEA-Related Incidents
Whether you are a parent or just a consumer worried about your safety and the safety of your friends and loved ones, learning about these incidents can help. Even if IKEA does not issue a recall, knowing that not anchoring the dresser can lead to serious accidents can save lives.
Accidents involving furniture are not that rare. And unfortunately, children are especially vulnerable. Parents must beware of the dangers associated with tipping furniture, whether it’s a dresser or a television set, to avoid serious accidents.
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