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Why IKEA not to recall chests and dressers which can result in death or injuries to children in China?

(People's Daily Online)    15:31, June 30, 2016

Chests and dressers belonging to IKEA’s popular Malm line.

Following an additional child fatality, IKEA recalls 29 Million MALM and other models of chests and dressers due to serious tip-over Hazard; But It has no plan to recall the same kind of products in China.

Furniture IKEA has agreed to recall 29 million chests and dressers in the U.S. following a raft of injuries and three deaths caused by them tipping over. But it noted clearly the same kind of products will not be recalled in China.

The recall involves 8 million chests and dressers belonging to IKEA’s popular Malm line as well as 21 million other children’s and adult’s chests and dressers, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. In addition, 6.6 million units will also be recalled in Canada due to similiar reasons.

Since 1989, the tip-over accidents have caused six children's death and 36 injuries

However, The Paper.cn has learned from IKEA China it will not recall the same kind of chests and drawers sold in China

When making a response to the reason why IKEA will not take recall actions, IKEA China told The Paper.cn that "chests and dressers sold in China comply with the Part 4: Standard Cabinet Stability of test of mechanical properties of furniture of China's national standard (GB/T 10357.4-2013)."

On July 22, 2015, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission and IKEA announced a repair program for the chests and dressers that included a free wall-anchoring repair kit for the MALM chests and dressers and other IKEA chests and dressers. Two tragic fatalities involving MALM chests and dressers occurred prior to the announcement of the repair program.

But None of the chests or dressers in the above-listed incidents had been anchored to the wall.

Accident simulation on the Internet.

Since this year, IKEA has recalled its products sold in China a couple of times, including LATTJO Bat cape due to risk of strangulation or injuries to the neck, three ceiling lights over fears that the glass shade could fall and more than 352,800 LOCK, HYBY and RINNA ceiling lights have been sold to consumers in the Chinese mainland since 2002 and PATRULL safety gates for risk of children falling down stairs.

In addition, IKEA has recalled CHOKLAD MÖRK 60% and CHOKLAD MÖRK 70% due to the presence of milk and hazelnuts is insufficiently declared.

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