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Millions of dressers pulled off Ikea shelves after recall

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Ikea is pulling more than 25 million dressers off its shelves. (WFSB) Ikea is pulling more than 25 million dressers off its shelves. (WFSB)
NEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) -

After its dressers have been blamed for the recent deaths of three children, Ikea is pulling more than 25 million of them off of shelves.

The “Malm” design has been very popular and has been an Ikea staple for years, but they are being recalled after concerns of tipping.

In the last two years, three children died, having been crushed by the dresser.

“I think it's how you load them, I think it needed a better design, construction design,” said Maryann Parisi, who has the dresser, but before the recall she fastened hers to the wall.

Workers inside the Ikea in New Haven said about 60 percent of their dressers are off the shelves as part of the recall.

Customers who have one at home can return it at the store, but if they don’t want the hassle, there are fasteners that are being handed out.

Before the recall, fastening was Ikea’s suggestion. They sent out more than 300,000 fasteners and launched an advertising campaign warning of tipping dangers.

Some parents said they consider the fasteners a hassle.

“They have the impression that it's not going to tip over, it's an extra step and they don't want to put holes in their wall,” said Ari Lewis, of Trumbull.

Rachel Weintraub, a consumer advocate, said the recall should have happened years ago.

“An education campaign was not the answer to this product safety hazard. I wish it had been sooner, I wish no children had been killed and no children had been injured,” said Weintraub, legislative director and senior counsel for the Consumer Federation of America.

To contact Ikea to schedule an in-house installation, call 1-866-856-4532 or email Secureit@ikea.com.

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