Death of fourth child linked to IKEA’s ‘MALM’ dresser

Danger of MALM dresser from IKEA being demonstrated (NBC News photo)

AUSTIN (NBC News) – The death of a fourth child has been linked to a major recall of 29 million dressers and chests sold at IKEA in the US and Canada.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says a two-year-old boy from Woodbridge, Virginia died after an unanchored Malm 3-drawer chest tipped over, and trapped the child between the dresser drawers.

The fatality reportedly occurred in 2011.

Most of the products covered in the recall were sold under the “MALM” model name and are no longer be sold by IKEA. 29 million of the dressers have been recalled.

Consumers are urged to take the product back to any IKEA store for a full refund or store credit depending on the age of the product, or call IKEA for a free anchoring kit and anchor it themselves.

If a consumer is unable or unwilling to return the product to a store or anchor it, IKEA will come free of charge and remove the product from the home or anchor it for you.

According to the CPSC, a child is sent to the emergency room every 24 minutes due to a falling piece of furniture or a television, and every two weeks, a child dies.

Call IKEA toll-free at (888) 966-4532 anytime or get info online at on how to receive the free wall anchoring kit. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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