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Recalled goods for sale on Craigslist and Facebook

Recalled goods for sale on Craigslist and Facebook

You can find a number of great deals on sites like Craigslist and Facebook, but some might come at a greater price than others.

On June 28, Ikea recalled more than 36 million MALM dressers and chests due to a "serious tip-over hazard." If these MALM dressers are not securely fastened to a wall, they could easily topple over and cause serious injury and even death to children.

So far this year, the dressers are responsible for one death. Two children died in 2014 with a total of 41 tip over incidents reported (involving non-MALM dressers) from 1989 to 2007.

As part of the recall, Ikea is issuing free wall anchoring kits or a refund.

But what's also troublesome is that plenty of MALM dressers and chests are being resold online, on sites like Craigslist and even Facebook. Even if the dressers are being sold without knowledge of the recall, it is illegal to resell recalled items.

I did a quick search of the Phoenix Craigslist and saw a few MALM dressers among the listings:

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U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission spokeswoman Patty Davis assured the Chicago Tribune that it works closely with online platforms and will be removing the posts as they see them pop up. "If eBay and Craigslist don't catch something that's recalled for sale on their sites, we will," Davis said.

In the meantime, Davis advises any online seller check and see if their items are up for recall before they post them. The full list is here.

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