North Carolina residents, especially those with young children, will want to know about the recall campaign that Ikea has launched concerning some 29 million of its chests and dressers. In fact, this is a relaunch of the campaign that the furniture retailer began in June 2016.
Ikea states that several types of its chests and dressers are known to tip over when not anchored to the wall. Together with federal safety regulators, they’re asking customers to either secure the products or return them. This recall applies to products not in compliance with U.S. voluntary industry standards. Children’s dressers that are over 23.5 inches as well as adult dressers over 29.5 inches fall under the recall.
The company offers free wall-mounting kits, and those who return their items receive a full refund. It will also pick up the products if customers cannot return them to a local Ikea store.
The relaunch comes on the heels of the eighth fatality attributed to these products. A 2-year-old in Buena Park, Calif., was crushed by an Ikea Malm dresser in May 2017, leading to a lawsuit. Lawyers argue that the first recall campaign was poorly publicized and thus ineffective in getting the products out of people’s homes. However, Ikea has stated that all of its dressers come with instructions clearly stating that they must be attached to the wall.
Victims of defective products can consult with a lawyer to see if they have a valid product liability case. The lawyer could hire investigators to find proof that the product fails to meet certain standards. Furthermore, all negotiations would be handled by the lawyer.