October 1, 2008

IKEA Recalls to Repair Chest of Drawers Due to Laceration Hazard

WASHINGTON, Oct. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. (To access color photos of the following recalled products, see CPSC's Web site at http://www.cpsc.gov/.)

   (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081001/NY36360 )     Name of Product: "KVIBY" Chests   Units: About 5,000 (an additional 26,000 were sold outside of the U.S.)   Manufacturer: IKEA Home Furnishings, of Conshohocken, Pa.  

Hazard: The glass drawer knobs on the chest can break either during assembly or in use, posing a laceration hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: IKEA has received three reports of laceration injuries requiring medical attention. An additional 11 injuries occurred outside of the U.S.

Description: The recalled KVIBY Chest is white with 4 drawers and 6 glass knobs. The recall includes chests with article number 201-080-90 and a date stamp of 0817 (first two digits indicate the year; the second two digits indicate the week) or earlier. The article number and date stamp are located on a label attached to the underside of the chest. KVIBY chests with a date stamp of 0818 and later have improved replacement knobs and screws and are not included in the recall.

Sold at: IKEA stores nationwide from August 2007 through July 2008 for about $300.

Manufactured in: Denmark

Remedy: Consumers should protect their hands and carefully remove the glass knobs. Contact IKEA to receive free replacement knobs and screws by mail.

Customer Contact: For additional information, contact IKEA toll-free at (888) 966-4532 anytime, or visit the firm's Web site at http://www.ikea-usa.com/.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from more than 15,000 types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $700 billion annually. The CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard. The CPSC's work to ensure the safety of consumer products -- such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, and household chemicals -- contributed significantly to the 30 percent decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.

To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury, call CPSC's hotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC's teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270 or visit CPSC's Web site at http://www.cpsc.gov/talk.html. Consumers can obtain this release and recall information at CPSC's Web site at http://www.cpsc.gov/.

Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081001/NY36360AP Archive: http://photoarchive.ap.org/PRN Photo Desk, [email protected]


CONTACT: Mona Astra Liss of IKEA Corporate Public Relations,[email protected]; or Firm's Recall Hotline: (888) 966-4532; or IKEA MediaContact: +1-610-834-0180, Ext. 5852; or CPSC Media Contact: +1-301-504-7908

Web Site: http://www.cpsc.gov/http://www.ikea-usa.com/