30 Jun '16, 2pm

IKEA recall: Don't blame the parents who didn't install the wall anchors, it's fundamentally bad design

IKEA recall: Don't blame the parents who didn't install the wall anchors, it's fundamentally bad design

IKEA has just issued a recall of 29 million MALM chests and dressers, which have toppled over and killed at least four children since 1989. Over on sister site MNN.com, Matt Hickman notes that the problem is easily solved: However saddening the deaths, the recall helps to draw much-needed attention to a crucial aspect of furniture installation that doesn’t seem to be all that widely practiced in the United States: wall anchoring. None of the pieces of furniture — pieces of furniture IKEA has claimed were never meant to be freestanding — responsible for the three most recent deaths were securely affixed to a wall. The problem is that the reason wall anchoring is not widely practiced in the United States is that if the furniture is properly designed and tested, it’s not necessary. But for the MALM it is. Matt notes: Speaking to the New York Times, Lars Peterson, president of...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/corporate-responsibility/ikea-r...

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