Ikea has recalled 29 million of its dressers in what a top federal safety official called "one of the most comprehensive consumer safety recalls in American history." It also is likely to be one of the more complex, impacting products sold over a two-decade span and encompassing remedies ranging from refunds to in-home repairs.
If you own an Ikea dresser, here's what you should do.
Find out if your dresser has been recalled
The recall includes more than 100 Ikea product lines, many made up of multiple sizes of dressers. A full list is available at www.ikea-usa.com/recallchestsanddressers. About 8 million of the 29 million affected products are from the company's Malm line, which has been involved in three fatalities since 2014. All Malm dressers except for the two-drawer model have been recalled.
The company has said the recall is not limited to the products listed online. So if you don't see your Ikea dresser on the list, you can call Ikea at 866-856-4532 to ask if it is included.
If your dresser hasn't been recalled
You should still anchor it to the wall. Ikea will send you an anchoring kit free of charge. Visit Ikea's Secure It campaign website, www.ikea-usa.com/secureitkits, to order one.
If your dresser is recalled
Stop using it immediately, unless you have already secured it to the wall, and put it in an area inaccessible to children. Contact Ikea at the number above or register for the recall online at www.ikea-usa.com/saferhomestogether. You don't need to have proof of purchase, just the physical item.
If you want to keep your recalled dresser
You can order an anchor kit through Ikea and install it yourself. Or if you want help installing it, call Ikea and the company will send a repair crew to your home at no charge.
If you want to get rid of your recalled dresser
You can bring it to an Ikea store. Most returns will result in a full refund. If your dresser was purchased before 2002, you will get a partial store credit. If you can't bring your dresser to the store, Ikea will come pick it up from your home at no charge.
If you bought your recalled dresser second-hand
You can still pursue any of the remedies above. You will be able to receive a free wall anchor and, if requested, help installing it. You can also be refunded for the amount you spent on the dresser.