IKEA Recall List: MALM Dresser, Cups, Espresso Maker

IKEA has been involved in product recalls over the years, and the decision to recall products is typically made when there are safety concerns or defects identified in certain items.

It’s important to note that product recalls are not unique to IKEA; they are a common practice across industries to ensure consumer safety and address potential risks associated with specific products.

Some of the biggest IKEA recalls that ever took place was 2016’s IKEA MALM Dresser Recall. Back then, IKEA issued a recall for millions of MALM dressers and other models due to concerns about tip-over hazards, especially if the dressers were not securely anchored to the wall. The recall was prompted by reports of several incidents, including fatalities, involving children who were injured or killed when the dressers tipped over.

January 2024 Singapore IKEA recalls the IKEA ÅSKSTORM 40W USB charger dark grey, article number 60461197,

IKEA ÅSKSTORM 40W USB Charger (January 2024)

On 10 January 2024, IKEA Singapore reached out to media outlets announcing the recall of the IKEA ÅSKSTORM 40W USB charger. The brand cited the recall was due to thermal burn and electric shock hazard caused by wear and tear of the power cable. This recall is specific to the dark grey variant of this charger.

Also, the brand noted that no such burn or shock incidents have been reported in Singapore.

“IKEA is urging all customers who own the ÅSKSTORM 40W USB charger to stop using it immediately and return it to any IKEA store for a full refund,” stated the brand representative from IKEA Singapore.

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IKEA ODGER Swivel Chair (Dec 2022)

IKEA Recall List: MALM Dresser, Cups, Espresso Maker

Yesterday, IKEA Singapore released a recall for the IKEA ODGER swivel chair in the anthracite colour.

To check if your WFH chair is affected, flip your chair over to check for the IKEA product detail sticker. There, you should find a date stamp. Your chair is recalled if your stamp states any number before and including 2221.

The first 22 stands for the year, and 21 stands for the week the product was produced.

IKEA reported there is a risk that the star base leg of the chairs may break and pose fall and injury hazards for the user.

“IKEA is urging all customers who own an ODGER swivel chair in the anthracite color with date stamps before and including 2221 to stop using it immediately and return it to any IKEA store (IKEA Tampines, IKEA Alexandra, or IKEA Jurong) for a full refund,” IKEA issued in a statement to the press. “The name and date stamp of the product can be found underneath the seat, molded in the material of the chair. No incidents have been reported in Singapore.”

IKEA Plastic Cups (2020)

IKEA Troligtvis plastic cups recall in January 2020
IKEA Troligtvis plastic cups recall in January 2020

Ikea is recalling its Troligtvis travel mugs marked “Made in India” after tests showed that a compound used in making the cups could leach into the liquids held in them.

The Swedish retailer said on Wednesday (Jan 15) it had earlier stopped the sale of the reusable mugs when it found that dibuthyl phthalate, a chemical commonly used to make plastics soft and flexible, was used in manufacturing the mugs.

Ikea then decided to recall the cups when further tests showed that they “migrated” or transferred levels of dibuthyl phthalate that exceeded prescribed levels.

“Ikea has, since many years (ago), decided to prohibit all use of phthalates in food contact products… Ikea is now recalling the mugs in spite of a very low risk of any immediate negative health effect”, the retailer said in a statement.

With a low toxicity, only minimal effects have been noted in animals that inhale dibuthyl phthalate, but studies have shown that the chemical has developmental and reproductive effects on animals when it is ingested.

Even so, the United States Environmental Protection Agency has said that no information is available on the effects of the chemical on humans, including any cancer causing properties.

The mugs, which were sold for $1.90 each, come in four colours. The beige cup was rolled out in August last year, while the green, pink and blue versions entered the market in October.

Full refunds for the mugs are available upon their return to any Ikea store, the retailer said. No proof of purchase is required.

It added: “Ikea takes product safety very seriously… Ikea apologises for any inconvenience this recall may cause.”

IKEA Metallisk Recall (2022)

IKEA Metallisk Espresso Maker Recall
IKEA Metallisk Espresso Maker Recall in June 2022, Singapore

Do you own Ikea’s Metallisk espresso maker for hob 0.4 litre with the stainless steel safety valve? Contact Ikea for a full refund. In June 2022, Ikea announced it was recalling Metallisk espresso maker with the stainless-steel safety valve due to an increased risk of the product bursting during use.

“The risk has increased after a change of material and construction of the safety valve therefore only the products with the stainless steel safety valve (silver/grey in color), are included in the recall,” says Ikea’s press release.

The press release also noted that no other units are affected by this recall and no incidents were reported in Singapore. If you own a Metallisk espresso maker with the stainless-steel safety valve variety, you can it to any Ikea store. Proof of purchase (receipt) is not required.

IKEA Glass Cabinet Shattered (2020)

IKEA Fabrikor Glass Door Cabinet, $249

In January 2020, Swedish retailer IKEA has apologised and offered a full refund to one of its customers after her glass cabinet suddenly cracked and sent glass bits flying in all directions.

Stomper Veron told Stomp she had bought the cabinet from IKEA two years prior. She had returned home at about 2.45pm on Jan 14 when she heard a loud sound of glass cracking.

She said she immediately called the IKEA hotline but after 20 minutes, nobody answered her call. She also messaged them on Facebook but received no reply either.

In response to a Stomp query, Corinna Schuler, head of corporate communication at IKEA, said: “IKEA Tampines has been in direct contact with the customer to offer a full refund and apologise for our failure to provide fast support following her bad experience with an IKEA cabinet.

“We understand how alarming it must have been to see a glass product shatter without any apparent warning and are really sorry that the service agent she contacted at our store did not offer full support.

“However, nicks and scratches could compromise the glass and those nicks may eventually lead the tempered glass to shatter unexpectedly into small pieces. (As it did in this case.) We have confirmed that no one was hurt in this case but we will be reporting the incident to our product developers.”

IKEA Meatball Recall (2013, 2022)

IKEA Recall List: MALM Dresser, Cups, Espresso Maker

A decade ago in 2013, horse meat was detected in IKEA’s famed Swedish meatballs. The horse meat was wrongly masked as “beef” in the ingredient’s list. The horse meat was detected in the form of DNA.

Their meatballs were subsequently recalled in over 14 European countries. IKEA Singapore later clarified that the country’s supply was not affected by the tainted batch.

Nonetheless, IKEA Singapore still took to testing the local batch of meatballs (primarily from Australia) to alleviate public fears.

In 2022, the vegetarian version of IKEA’s meatballs, IKEA Huvudroll Vegetable Balls, were recalled in European countries due to the presence of plastic.

IKEA MALM Recall (2016)

In June 2016, Ikea Singapore said it will not recall chests of drawers linked to the deaths of six children in North America.

The Swedish furniture giant on Tuesday (June 28) announced a massive recall of 36 million chests and dressers, including its popular Malm model, in the United States and Canada, after the US Consumer Product Safety Commission said the children – all aged three years and younger – were killed when an Ikea chest or dresser fell on them.

In response to queries from The Straits Times on Wednesday (June 29), an Ikea Singapore spokesman assured the public that its chests of drawers are safe when anchored to the wall.

Customers should follow the assembly instructions and use the anti-toppling device provided with the product, the spokesman said.

Ikea Singapore added that the recall by its US and Canada counterparts was based on a local voluntary and non-mandatory standard, which applies to free-standing clothing storage units in North America.

“Ikea chests of drawers are tested for compliance to European Safety Standard, and meet all mandatory stability requirements on all markets where it is sold and it also recognises that some chests of drawers are intended to be attached to the wall,” the spokesman said.

“Ikea Singapore follows this global European standard (one of two global safety standards that Singapore authorities require furniture retailers to comply to), and hence, we will not be conducting any recalls here as we are in compliance with safety regulations.”

According to the spokesman, there was one case in Singapore of a chest of drawers that tipped over partially more than 10 years ago. It resulted in minor scratches for the user, who did not require medical attention. No other cases have been reported since.

Ikea Singapore added that since last year, videos and store communications reminding customers to secure cabinets to the wall have been shown in all Ikea showrooms. These include warnings that heavy objects should not be placed at the top of a chest of drawers, and to never allow children to climb or hang on them.

An advisory on Ikea Singapore’s website also contains a guide that provides useful information on which anchoring devices are suitable for different wall materials.

The US and Canada recalls are for several types of chests and dressers, which are taller than 60cm for the children versions and taller than 75cm for the adult versions. The recalled units were sold at various times through June 2016.

Ikea Singapore said if customers need a replacement restraint kit to secure their Ikea furniture in their homes, they can order one for free.

IKEA Hemnes Recall (2021)

IKEA Hemnes bookcases and glass door cabinets recalled in 2017
IKEA Hemnes bookcases and glass door cabinets recalled in 2021

Just last year, Ikea announced that it was recalling the IKEA HEMNES bookcases and glass door cabinets from European, North American, and Australian customers.

The cold weather and winter seasons allegedly caused the shelves to shrink, move out of place, and fall.

These IKEA HEMNES cabinets were made of solid timber, and were sold between 2010 and 2017. IKEA was recalling all of its HEMNES cabinets sold within the seven-year period.

IKEA Recall Plates & Bowls (2021)

IKEA Recall List: MALM Dresser, Cups, Espresso Maker

Back in May 2021, IKEA Singapore recalled its HEROISK and TALRIKA plates, bowls, and cups. Reason for recall? Hot food and beverage may cause these tableware to break, causing burns or scalds.

The IKEA HEROISK and TALRIKA lines were made of renewable plastic, and a plant-based plastic called PLA (polylactic acid) respectively. If you have any of these plates and bowls, you can bring them to IKEA for a refund. You don’t need to bring any of your receipts.

IKEA Loft Bed Recall (2013)

IKEA Recall List: MALM Dresser, Cups, Espresso Maker

Almost a decade ago in 2013, IKEA US recalled the KRITTER and SNIGLAR children’s bed models due to metal rods that risked of detaching. The SNIGLAR baby’s crib was also recalled for repair to secure the mattress that could potentially detach, collapse, and harm the baby sleeping within.

Part of this article first appeared on The Straits Times, Stomp.