CORAM - Ikea is recalling 29 million chests and dressers that can easily tip over and trap children underneath. Six children have been killed and three dozen others injured, and federal safety officials on Tuesday urged consumers to take immediate action.
The Swedish retailer announced the recall Tuesday, saying the furniture can pose "a tip-over and entrapment hazard that can result in death or injuries to children" if it is not properly anchored to a wall.
The recall, which only applies to customers in the U.S. and Canada, is for several types of Ikea chests and dressers, including the Malm line.
Ikea said that anyone who owns one of those chests and dressers and has not attached them to a wall should remove it out of reach from children. The company is offering free kits to attach the chests and dressers to a wall.
Shirley Schmidt, of Coram, says she will never forget the horrific day eight years ago when she and her husband found their granddaughter, Angelina, clinging to life after she was crushed by a television set that had toppled off its stand.
The 2-year-old was pronounced dead at the hospital a short time later.
"Safety really has to come first with any of these products or anything that's out there that children are going to be involved in," Craig Schmidt says.
AP Wire Services contributed to this report.