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Old 06-30-2016, 12:08 PM
 
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How did the company not know that would happen? It didn't take much for that Ikea dresser to topple over.
They did. That is why the final step is ancoring the dresser to the wall. Some people just don't care to follow directions.
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Old 06-30-2016, 12:09 PM
 
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Wrong. People always talk about this and it drives me nuts. They made plenty of cheap furniture back in the day.

I've cleaned out plenty of 50, 100 year old pieces that were cheap junk back then, with cardboard and other cheap materials.

The difference is that when it came time to clean out Granny's house, you kept the Stickley chest and sent on the cardboard backed piece to the dump or estate sale or fire pit. The Stickley piece you buy today will last for generations still.

Also, back in the day, Granny would smack the bum of any child who acted like a monkey in her home.
She would have been praised rather than arrested. And the kids weren't getting crushed by cheap cabinets.
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Old 06-30-2016, 12:35 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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We have two of these (the tall ones) in our house; one for 6 y/o and one for our 9 y/o. They are both securely anchored to studs in the wall and we will continue to use them. Back before our first child was born and we went to the 2 hour 'training' class that the Drs. office offered, they did a short segment on home safety - cords on your blinds, electric outlets, and....anchoring furniture. Even if it is not in the instructions.
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Old 06-30-2016, 12:42 PM
 
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I have one of these I bought many years ago. it comes with a wall fastener and the instructions clearly state to anchor it to the wall.

A woman filed a lawsuit after her kid died from one of these falling, and she even states that "she should not have to fasten it to the wall"; clearly it is failure to follow instructions.

Only six deaths and 30 something injuries since 1989 and after 29 million sold; not bad at all in my opinion.
Seriously? How many deaths should a dresser cause? I'd say 0. But I guess you think 6 deaths is ok. Tell that to their parents.
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Old 06-30-2016, 01:42 PM
 
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Seriously? How many deaths should a dresser cause? I'd say 0. But I guess you think 6 deaths is ok. Tell that to their parents.

Nobody is saying 6 deaths are OK. On the other hand we're not talking about a backyard swing set. A chest of drawers is not meant to be climbed like a ladder. Would you tell THAT to the parents?
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Old 06-30-2016, 01:59 PM
 
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Nobody is saying 6 deaths are OK. On the other hand we're not talking about a backyard swing set. A chest of drawers is not meant to be climbed like a ladder. Would you tell THAT to the parents?
I blame the parents who let their kids climb the dresser and likely did not use the wall anchors Ikea provided. People love misplacing blame these days or blaming anyone but themselves when in reality, if a dresser falls on your kid because he has all the drawers open at once or just the bottom drawer and is putting pressure on or within it somehow, it's no one's fault but your own for a. not watching your kid and b. not teaching them to NOT climb furniture like it's a jungle gym.

Things don't have to be someone else's fault all the time and lawsuits aren't always necessary. If you're stupid or reckless and your kid gets hurt or dies it CAN be your own fault as a parent. And people also need to stop sticking up for parents all the time when stuff like this happens. These were totally avoidable deaths. Even if the dressers did happen to somehow fall completely on their own, untouched and unbothered, I'd bet money that the wall anchors weren't used. I'm tired of seeing people stick up for those who are clearly stupid parents/other people all the time. There are consequences to stupidity and half-a**ing things.
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Old 06-30-2016, 07:31 PM
 
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Seriously? How many deaths should a dresser cause? I'd say 0. But I guess you think 6 deaths is ok. Tell that to their parents.
I'll tell the parents. But then you'd probably call me insensitive for pointing out their negligence, because mourning their children should be punishment enough.

A dresser should indeed cause zero deaths, but not because the dresser manufacturer failed to build it like a jungle gym. It should cause zero deaths because the parents should either: (a) use the anchors that came with it; or (b) make sure that their curious children don't have access to it.

I have unsecured IKEA dressers. If one of my children dies trying to climb one, I will face a lifetime of sorrow and regret. But it would not even occur to me to blame IKEA for my negligence/recklessness.
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Old 06-30-2016, 10:22 PM
 
Location: Sarasota FL
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Cooking range manufacturers have to actually state in the installation instructions, 'do not sit or stand on an open oven door'. Yes, there are idiots that have to be told this.
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Old 06-30-2016, 10:51 PM
 
Location: Beautiful Upstate NY!
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The Swedish meatballs are fantastic. Whenever my wife and I shop there, we make a game of referring to all their products by their Swedish name...who knows if we even close in pronunciation. These particular piece should be named dethtrappa.
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Old 06-30-2016, 11:41 PM
 
Location: Charlotte county, Florida
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Children also shouldnt be climbed up on like this either.
I think it was the dresser, not the children..
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