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Old 06-30-2016, 10:56 PM
 
Location: Tucson for awhile longer
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Every piece of furniture I've bought from IKEA for years has come with wall anchors, warnings about children, and safety instructions. Amazing they can be in business in Europe for decades and their furniture doesn't cause death until they open stores in the U.S.
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Old 07-01-2016, 03:16 AM
 
Location: Dallas, Texas
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I wrote this is another thread, and I'll repeat it here. All tall dressers and bookcases, whether or not real wood, should be secured in a house where children may be tempted to climb. My son was a climber, and we had a house full of expensive, heavy, solid wood furniture. We tethered all of it to the walls. Better safe than sorry. I feel terrible for this child's loved ones, and I hope others will heed the warning that tall furniture does pose a tip over risk and should be secured.
When my kid was little the tall, even medium sized book cases/dressers were secured to the wall. She wasn't a climber, but we were never sure that would always be the case. Really, putting furniture in the room, just the laws of physics (eyeing it, I'm no scientist!) showed me there might be a problem.
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Old 07-01-2016, 04:34 AM
 
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You generally get what you pay for and Ikea is cheap.
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Old 07-01-2016, 06:30 AM
 
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The Malm model...more like the maim model. It's all lightweight crap furniture. People need to buy heavy, real wood furniture. Stuff that can't be tipped over.
We have heavy, real wood dressers in our house and they all tip if more than two drawers are fully extended. Same goes for our heavy, real wood bookshelves. You can tip those with one hand. And our heavy, real wood TV. Many children die each year under TVs.

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Ikea furniture all comes with brackets for attaching stuff to the walls and clear pictures of what happens if you don't. Even their beds come with it, and imagine trying to tip a bed over. As I understand it, the recall is just advertising, to get people to order the free kits, or get the bracket installation team to come to their house and do it.

Ikea is a leader in getting rid of death trap corded blinds.
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Old 07-01-2016, 06:33 AM
 
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Ikea cannot parent everyone. It's the parents responsibility to ensure their own household is safe. If they were dumb enough to not fully read the instructions where it says "you need to secure this to a wall" and provides the pieces, then they shouldn't be having kids in the first place.
I agree, while it is a tragedy to see children dying, parents should look after their kids
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Old 07-01-2016, 06:33 AM
 
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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.
They were. They always have been. Snd lucky granny to be right there when the kid woke up from their nap and decided to quietly explore.
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Old 07-01-2016, 07:19 AM
 
Location: East of the Sun, West of the Moon
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You generally get what you pay for and Ikea is cheap.
Right, because expensive furnuture is engineered to not fall over.

If something is taller than it is wide/deep, there is a chance it could topple. Why people expect furniture makers to defy physics is beyond me.
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Old 07-01-2016, 07:42 AM
 
Location: North Texas
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Every piece of furniture I've bought from IKEA for years has come with wall anchors, warnings about children, and safety instructions. Amazing they can be in business in Europe for decades and their furniture doesn't cause death until they open stores in the U.S.
Probably because Europeans don't sue at the drop of a hat.

Though...I confess the British have become rather more litigious in the past 15 years. Even so, they're still decades behind us. I pray they never catch up.
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Old 07-01-2016, 07:47 AM
 
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Right, because expensive furnuture is engineered to not fall over.

If something is taller than it is wide/deep, there is a chance it could topple. Why people expect furniture makers to defy physics is beyond me.
Very true! Center of gravity, weight distribution etc. All play a part. In one case, a 20 pound toddler could pull over a dresser by pulling on a handle, in another case, a 100 pound child could stand on a open bottom drawer with out toppling it.

Laws of physics are undeniable, so is poor engineering.
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Old 07-01-2016, 08:56 AM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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I wrote this is another thread, and I'll repeat it here. All tall dressers and bookcases, whether or not real wood, should be secured in a house where children may be tempted to climb. My son was a climber, and we had a house full of expensive, heavy, solid wood furniture. We tethered all of it to the walls. Better safe than sorry. I feel terrible for this child's loved ones, and I hope others will heed the warning that tall furniture does pose a tip over risk and should be secured.
Exactly. I have a couple of tall IKEA bookshelves, and even though I'm an adult, I secured them with the enclosed shims. The instructions clearly state to secure them to prevent tip overs. It only takes a few extra minutes. There is no excuse for skipping such a vital installation step.
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