After recalling millions of tip-prone dressers that killed at least nine children and injured dozens, Ikea said shoppers must acknowledge the risk that furniture could tip over onto children before making a purchase.
Ikea announced Friday it requires shoppers at all U.S. stores to acknowledge they must attach the furniture to the wall. They must provide their name and email address.
Ikea’s announcement came as the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the federal agency tasked with protecting Americans from hazardous products, released a report Thursday about tip-over injuries and fatalities.
“The safe use of IKEA products is our top priority, and this new sales requirement reinforces the need for wall attachment to help protect our customers and their homes from tip-over incidents,” Patricia Lobell, Ikea U.S. market area manager, said in a statement. “IKEA believes that the risk of tip-over incidents is reduced when chests of drawers and other select clothing storage units are properly attached to the wall.”