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Why Is Ikea Recalling Your Furniture?

December 1, 2016
Colson Hicks Eidson

Losing a child is the worst nightmare of parents all over the country. However, that nightmare has been coming true for many customers who bought Ikea dressers. There is a danger hidden in some of the Swiss furniture company’s products, and you need to know about those dangers.

Why Is Ikea Recalling Your Furniture?

It was Valentine’s Day when a young couple had to face their worst nightmare. A mother had just put her 22-month-old son down for his daily nap when tragedy struck. While checking in on the boy, she noticed that he wasn’t in bed. After searching the room, she noticed that the boy’s dresser had fallen over. She rushed over and quickly discovered that her boy was under it. Paramedics rushed the boy to the hospital, but doctors were unable to save him.

Such a tragedy rocked this family, but their story is also bringing about change. Members of Congress in Minnesota have championed a bill, the Stop Tip-over of Unstable, Risky Dressers on Youth Act (AKA The STURDY Act) to stop incidents like this. The bill would impose stricter safety standards to prevent furniture from falling on children. Minnesota’s lawmakers are hoping that the bill will start a trend among other states as well.

This story also pushed Ikea into making a change of their own. The company has recalled several of its products due to tipping issues. It’s offering customers who bought these defective units repair kits, technicians to install the kits, and refunds if the other methods aren’t enough.

Do you think that’s enough to make up for the losses families all over the country have suffered? Do you think Florida should make its own STURDY Act? Let us know what you think on Facebook and Twitter. And don’t forget to keep watching our blog for more updates on this recall and others like it.