IKEA requires shoppers to accept tip-over risk for some furniture

The Swedish homewares store is now requiring buyers to demonstrate they know that some furniture needs to be attached to a wall to reduce risk of tipping over before they buy.

The video above is from January 7th, 2020.

According to IKEA, customers looking to purchase dressers and other select storage items for clothing must acknowledge the need for wall mounts before making a purchase. The aim is to reduce the potential for tipping over, which could result in injury or death, especially among young children.

“Customers in all US stores must now recognize the need to wall-mount the product and provide their name and email address before the sale can be completed,” IKEA said in a statement Thursday.

Customers are asked to access an online registration form from their phone and register with their email address prior to purchasing. The completed form must be presented to an IKEA employee in the self-service aisle before they can enter.

According to IKEA, the email address is only used to send important security updates and reminders of the need to attach certain pieces of furniture to a wall.

IKEA agreed to pay $ 46 million in January 2020 to the parents of a California 2-year-old who died of his injuries when a £ 70 recall officer spilled on him. Josef Dudek’s family accused IKEA of knowing that its Malm dressers were a tipping hazard because they had previously injured or killed a number of children. However, the family said the company did not warn consumers that the dressers should not be used without being anchored to a wall.

IKEA agreed to expand its reach regarding dresser recalls and to meet with an advocacy group that advocates binding stability standards for dressers.

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In its 2020 report on the tipping over, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said it had received 571 reports of deaths from “product instability or tipping” between 2000 and 2019. The vast majority of these deaths (469) involved children and in most cases involved furniture or televisions. Half of child tip-over deaths occurred in the bedroom, while 22% occurred in the living room or family room.

According to the CPSC, an estimated 11,300 children were treated in emergency rooms each year between 2017 and 2019 because furniture, televisions and appliances were overturned.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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