Here’s How to Know If You Qualify for a Refund From the IKEA Recall

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IKEA furniture isn’t just for college students.

Penny Hoarders, especially, are likely to have it in their grown-up apartments, too: It’s functional, stylish and affordable.

Also because lingonberry sauce. And Swedish meatballs.

But IKEA has recalled 29 million chests and dressers, following several tragic fatal accidents involving dressers tipping over onto children.

Here’s what you need to know, for both the safety of your family and potential compensation.

What You Need to Know About the IKEA Recall

First things first: If you have an IKEA dresser (or any dresser), make sure it’s properly anchored to the wall.

If you’re an IKEA customer affected by the recall, you can order an anchoring kit free of charge — and if not, they’re less than $10 at your local hardware store.

Your family’s safety is certainly worth the small investment.

Until you get your dresser secured, stop using it and place it out of reach of young children.

Now that we’ve got safety covered, let’s hash out the rest of the details.

How to Receive Compensation for Recalled IKEA Chests or Dressers

Here’s the full list of dressers and chests affected by the recall. It also includes several models in IKEA’s popular MALM line, which are listed and pictured here.

If you have one of these models, you’re eligible for either a refund or the free anchoring kit linked above.

For cash compensation, the amount you’re entitled to depends on how old your furniture is. If your furniture was manufactured between January 2002 and June 2016, you can claim a full cash refund.

If it was manufactured prior to 2002, you’ll get a partial refund in the form of in-store credit instead.

If you decide to keep your dresser and get the free anchoring kit, you can either install it yourself or request a one-time, free in-home installation by IKEA. You’ll also be able to reorder kits as needed.

To participate in the recall, contact IKEA directly at 1-866-856-4532, or email [email protected].

To see the full terms and details of the recall, click here.

Get your furniture secured and safe, so you can stow your stuff without having to worry about it.

Your Turn: Is your IKEA dresser eligible for a full refund?

Jamie Cattanach is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. Her writing has also been featured at Word Riot, DMQ Review, Hinchas de Poesia and elsewhere. Find @JamieCattanach on Twitter to wave hello.