Last week Ikea announced that it was recalling almost 36 million chests and dressers in the US and Canada that were blamed for the deaths of at least six children. Customers who bought the furniture after 2002 in North America, where the children were crushed, are eligible for a partial refund.


Chinese consumers have been outraged since learning that China would NOT be included in the recall.


Ikea claims it is justified since its products meet the safety standards in China. "The chests and dressers confirm to all local regulations and standards," Xian Jiaxin, a company spokeswoman in Guangzhou, said in an interview. She confirmed that the furniture in question is still sold in all Ikea stores in China. "We emphasize to customers that they must be fastened to a wall," Ms. Xian said.


The Shenzhen Consumer Council demanded a recall following the news, "If products publicly recalled in North America are still being sold on the Chinese market, the Ikea Group must unconditionally recall these products." No response have yet been given.



According to IKEA, the recall includes Malm chests and dressers with 3, 4, 5 and 6 drawers, as well as children's chests and dressers taller than 23.5 inches and adult pieces taller than 29.5 inches. The dressers can topple if not properly anchored to the wall. For more info about the recall, visit the Ikea Web Site here.

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