IKEA is recalling nearly 1 million of its Kullen 3-drawer chests in the U.S. and Canada due to tip-over and entrapment hazards after receiving six reports of tip-over incidents involving Kullen chests that were not anchored to the wall, some of which involved minor injuries.
In 2016, the furniture retail store recalled a total of 17.3 million dressers and chests after receiving numerous reports of injuries and nine deaths that occurred when the dressers tipped over onto young children, trapping them underneath.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) urged consumers with Kullen 3-drawer chests to immediately stop using them unless they are properly anchored to the wall. As part of the recall, consumers can order a wall anchor kit from the company or return them to the store or arrange a pickup by IKEA for a full refund. The dressers were sold from April 2005 to December 2019.
The safety standard for dressers was updated in 2019 from 30 inches to 27 inches in height. As a result, the 28.5-inch, 45-pound, 3-drawer Kullen dresser no longer meets the U.S. safety standard.
The recall comes just two months after IKEA agreed to pay $46 million to the parents of a toddler crushed in 2017 when an IKEA dresser tipped over on top of him. The family argued that IKEA had not effectively communicated to consumers that the dresser had been recalled due to tip-over and entrapment hazards. IKEA also paid an additional $50 million to three families whose children were killed by the dressers.
Please note: Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, all U.S. stores are closed and in-home pickups and wall attachment installation services have been temporarily suspended. But anchor kits for both the Kullen 3-drawer chest and dressers affected by the 2016 recall are available through IKEA’s website.
Lawyers in our Personal Injury and Products Liability Section represent people injured or the families of those killed by defective consumer products. For more information about these types of claims, contact Cole Portis, Section Head.