Two companies announced recalls of chests and dressers this week for the same reason–the furniture could tip over and injure or even kill children.
Although the total number of recalled units only totals to about 1000, it’s still mystifying as to why any retailer would sell furniture that does not meet the industry safety standard. After the IKEA recall of 2016–which we’ll get into in a moment–there’s simply no excuse for manufacturers or retailers to make this mistake.
Since 1996, IKEA has sold 29 million chests and dressers in the United States. And all of the unites produced in the ensuing two decades were recalled because the furniture ran the very serious risk of tipping over and trapping or even killing children.
The sweeping IKEA recall gave customers the option of receiving a refund or a wall-anchoring kit that would prevent the furniture from tipping over. This massive recall was prompted by the deaths of four children and injury to more.
Home Depot has recalled the “Home Decorator’s Collection Print Block 4-Drawer Whitewash Chest” with a model number of #HDC-14012. These chests were sold between May 2015 and December 2019. They stand 44 inches tall and weigh 96 pounds.
You can easily imagine a child wanting to climb up the front of this chest; it even has ring-shaped drawer pulls that look like some kind of climbing gear.
With the very real possibility that a child could end up trapped under a hundred pounds of whitewashed mango wood, Home Depot is issuing an immediate recall and advising customers to either stop using the chest or anchor it to the wall.
Although the big box retailer is offering a full refund and will even send someone to pick it up from your home, they never should have sold furniture that failed to meet safety standards.
Safavieh has issued a similar recall for their “Aura” and “Silas” three-drawer chests. Standing 32 inches tall, these chests come in a variety of finishes–but all of them have the same risk of tipping over and trapping a child underneath.
The chests were sold on Wayfair, Overstock, and other online retailers. Now, customers are encouraged to stop using the furniture and return it to the manufacturer for a refund.
Why are chests and dressers still being sold without potentially life-saving kits to anchor them to the wall? It seems like such a simple (and cost-effective) fix, yet manufacturers and retailers continue to fail in their duty to provide safe products.