IKEA SAFETY ALERT AS CHESTS TOPPLE & KILL 2 TODDLERS; FATAL FLAT-PACK FURNITURE SCARE 'His head was trapped and all the weight of the dresser was across his neck'.
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FAMILIES are being warned not to use Ikea dressers unless they are fixed to the wall after two toddlers were crushed to death.
The two US tots were killed in separate incidents when chests of drawers from the Malm range overturned on top of them.
Safety bosses say children's units measuring 2ft or higher, or adults' units two-and-a-half feet or higher, should be secured using free wall-anchoring kits provided by Ikea.
Two-year-old Curren Collas died when a six-drawer Malm unit fell on him.
Mum Jackie said: "His head was trapped between the edge of the bed and all of the weight of the dresser was laying across his neck. I tried ripping the dresser off of him. It took me a couple of tries to pick it up.
"I tried to pick him up but his little body was so floppy."
Just three months later, a 23-month-old died when a three-drawer chest from the same range fell on him.
As well as the two deaths last year, Ikea have been told of three fatal incidents involving other models in the last 26 years.
They warned customers to move unanchored units where they can't be accessed by kids.
Mum-of-two Hayley Harrison, 25, from Warwick, has been campaigning over the Malm range for nearly two years since a toppled unit left her scarred.
She said: "If Ikea had done more to raise awareness of this issue earlier the situation might not have got so bad."
Ikea's Gerard Bos said: "Ikea provide tip-over restraints and instructions with floor-standing units, which are required to be fastened to the wall."
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