If you regularly buy furniture from IKEA, you may want to stick around
and finish reading this blog. According an article recently published by the
Philadelphia Inquirer, many of IKEA’s MALM dressers that were recalled last year still
pose a threat to consumers. The article, which interviewed safety advocates
with the Consumer Federation of America, found that only 3 percent of
IKEA’s MALM dressers have been repaired or returned after a nationwide recall.
Last year, more than 29 million IKEA MALM dressers were recalled because
they can easily tip over and injure or kill young children. The product
did not meet industry safety standards that require unanchored dressers
to stay upright when they are pulled on. Due to the design defect, seven
children died in tip-over accidents involving MALM dressers.
IKEA did offer to refund or anchor MALM dressers for consumers during the
recall. However, some people allegedly had problems taking up IKEA on
this offer. Shortly after the recall was announced, IKEA’s customer
service hotlines were flooded with calls. Some of these calls may have
been dropped and consumer had no way to leave messages.
How Can I Check for Defective Furniture?
You can stay informed on product recalls by visiting the
Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) website. While the CPSC regularly updates its website with recalls,
you can also use the search engine to look for specific products.
In cases where defective products cause catastrophic injuries, it is very
important to speak with an attorney as soon as possible. Filing a
product liability lawsuit against the manufacturer or retailer of a defective product could help
you recover damages that may help pay for medical bills, funeral expenses,
or other costs associated with catastrophic injuries or wrongful death. The
Washington DC product liability attorneys at Regan Zambri Long, PLLC can help you learn your rights and available