IKEA recalls millions of drawers after third child is killed

Published: Monday, June 27, 2016 @ 10:31 PM
Updated: Tuesday, June 28, 2016 @ 1:25 PM


            Ikea Malm dressers pictured have been involved in three deaths when they toppled over on toddlers. (Photo by Stephen Chernin/Getty Images)
Ikea Malm dressers pictured have been involved in three deaths when they toppled over on toddlers. (Photo by Stephen Chernin/Getty Images)

The death of another toddler after an IKEA drawer toppled over has led IKEA US to issue a recall for its Malm range of chest of drawers and wardrobes. Another 100 other models of chests and drawers were also recalled.

"We are announcing this recall today given the recent tragic death of a third child. It is clear that there are still unsecured products in customers' homes, and we believe that taking further action is the right thing to do," the company said in a statement Monday.

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In April, the company issued another warning to families when Apple Valley, Minnesota, toddler Theodore "Ted" McGee, 22-months-old, was the third child killed when an IKEA Malm dresser toppled over.

The first warning was issued by IKEA US in 2015 when both 2-year-old Pennsylvania boy and a 2-year-old child from Washington died when a drawer toppled over.

After McGee's death, IKEA began offering a free wall-anchoring service for the drawers.

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IKEA said it had been in "close contact" with the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The organization declined to comment on the IKEA recall, but previously said that every 24 minutes, a child is sent to the emergency room by a falling piece of furniture or a television. CPSC said every two weeks, a child dies as a result of toppling furniture.

The recall affects children’s chests and dressers taller than 23.5 inches and adult chests and dressers taller than 29.5 inches that do not meet the performance requirements of the U.S. voluntary industry standard. The products recalled are 3-drawer, 4-drawer, 5-drawer and 6-drawer models that were sold between January 2002 and June 2016. NBC News reported at least 29 million chests and drawers as being included in the recall.

IKEA said that customers who had purchased any of the recalled products can receive a full or partial refund or a free wall-anchoring repair kit.

Tuesday morning the company also asked consumers to stop using any of the recalled products that are not properly anchored to the wall and placed in an area not accessible to children.

You can find a full list of the recalled dressers and drawers here.

Still have questions? Call call (866) 856-4532 or read more on IKEA.com.

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Posted by IKEA USA on Tuesday, June 28, 2016

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3.6 magnitude earthquake rattles Detroit and parts of Canada

Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 10:13 PM

A map of the Detroit area shows where an earthquake struck Thursday night.
U.S. Geological Survey
A map of the Detroit area shows where an earthquake struck Thursday night.(U.S. Geological Survey)

A 3.6 magnitude earthquake rattled Detroit and parts of Canada onThursday evening, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

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The quake struck around 8 p.m., the US.GS reported, and was centered in Amherstburg, Canada, directly across the Detroit River south of the city.

“They happen from time to time, right in that magnitude" in southeast Michigan, David Gurney, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in White Lake, told the Detroit Free Press. "They are rare, but not unheard of."

There were no reports of damage or injuries.

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The earthquake was the strongest tremor to strike the region since 2015, when a 4.2 magnitude quake struck near Kalamazoo.

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Boston, D.C. top contenders for Amazon's second headquarters, report says 

Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 9:31 PM

An Amazon sign in Seattle.
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An Amazon sign in Seattle.(David Ryder/Getty Images)

A new report says Boston is one of the top two finalists for Amazon’s second headquarters.

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Twenty cities have been competing to become the location for the company’s second headquarters, and one study predicts two cities are better suited than the rest – and Boston is one of them.

The new study was conducted by an organization called The Conference Board.

It believes Washington, D.C., and Boston are most likely to beat out the competition.

The company analyzed the 20 cities vying to land HQ2.

The group studied the four job types most common in Amazon’s existing headquarters in Seattle, then looked at “real-time labor demand” and “online job vacancies” in all 20 cities vying for the headquarters.

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It found Boston and Washington, D.C. were most compatible.

Something else that was in the report but needs to be considered – Amazon already likes Boston.

The company is seeking up to 1 million square feet of office space in the Seaport. Amazon could hire up to 4,000 workers for two future offices separate from the second headquarters.

Landing HQ2 could mean 50,000 jobs and a $5 billion investment in the city, but that doesn’t appear to have people in Boston too excited.

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According to a recent poll by Elon University, only 34 percent of Bostonians strongly support the bid for the new headquarters. That’s the lowest among the finalist cities.

Amazon expects to make a decision sometime this year.

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7-year-old cat who walked 12 miles to owners who gave him away finds forever family

Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 4:10 PM

7-Year-Old Cat Finds Forever Family After Walking 12 Miles To Owners Who Gave Him Away

A 7-year-old cat given away by his family walked 12 miles back home -- only to be given away again.

WRAL.com reported that, according to an April 4 Facebook post from the SPCA of Wake County, Toby, a fluffy orange and white cat, was given to another family but found his way back to his home.

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“When he arrived, he was met with heartbreak,” the post said. “The family he thought had loved him took him to a shelter and asked staff to euthanize him. The shelter called us at the SPCA to ask if we could take him in and help him find a new family. Of course we said YES!”

The animal shelter said it took Toby in from a county shelter at the end of February.

Toby was adopted by his new mom, Michele, on Friday the 13, SPCA of Wake County communications manager Tara Lynn said in a blog post.

“It’s funny. He’s very sweet, but he didn’t get along with his (feline) roommate,” Lynn told People Pets. “We thought he’d need to be adopted out as the only cat in a home, but his new family has two other cats and he’s fine with them. He’s just been through a lot and wasn’t settled yet.”

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Lynn told People that she wasn’t sure if Toby, who is FIV-positive, was given up by his family because of his disease, but it didn’t seem to impact interest from potential adopters.

“It’s cool, people were interested in him despite his FIV,” Lynn said.

Toby’s life with his forever family is captured on his own Instagram page, a.cat.named.toby. The page has more than 15,000 followers and includes a post supporting the SPCA of Wake County’s annual Dog Walk, which benefits all animals in the shelter.

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Feds: Famous rapper Terrell “Ralo” Davis caught flying into Atlanta with nearly $1M worth of pot

Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 8:27 PM

Atlanta rpper Ralo was arrested on conspiracy charges after federal authorities say they caught him transporting more than 400 pounds of pot into Atlanta on a private plane.
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Atlanta rpper Ralo was arrested on conspiracy charges after federal authorities say they caught him transporting more than 400 pounds of pot into Atlanta on a private plane.(Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

An Atlanta rapper was busted flying into Atlanta on a private plane with more than 440 pounds of marijuana valued at $840,000, according to federal investigators.

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Terrell “Ralo” Davis is facing two counts of conspiracy to distribute marijuana, WSB-TV reported.

According to documents obtained by WSB, Davis was arrested at Peachtree DeKalb Airport, just north of the city, on Sunday. Then, on Wednesday, law enforcement swarmed a Southwest Atlanta apartment complex in connection with the investigation.

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An affidavit from an agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms alleges Ralo is the leader of a criminal street gang called “Famerica,” and the raid was connected to their investigation into Ralo and the gang.

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