Ikea bows to pressure from authorities and recalls 1.7m chests of drawers in China

 
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Ikea has extended its furniture recall to China after initiating one in North America last month (Source: Getty)

Ikea has recalled 1.66m chests and dressers in China from its popular Malm range over concerns the furniture pieces pose a danger to children.

The recall covers pieces produced in the range between 1999 and 2016, which can be hazardous if not fixed properly to walls.

In June Ikea was forced to recall 29m dressers in the US and Canada following the deaths of six children who were crushed to death by drawers that had toppled over.

Ikea advised customers to use wall mounts along with the products, but more than 40 children had been reported injured since 2014. It has since stopped producing the drawers.

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The Swedish furniture company said last Thursday it would not extend the recall to China, though has since bowed to pressure from government regulator the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ).

The company carried out a recall in North America because the products did not meet industry standards in the United States, an IKEA spokesman told Reuters, but had complied with regulations in China.

"But ... after communicating with AQSIQ and the China Consumers Association we have decided to carry out a recall on the MALM dressers," it said.

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