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Ikea glass tables are shattering spontaneously

Posted at 12:21 PM, Nov 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-14 14:06:16-05

People all over the country are complaining that their glass tables have shattered spontaneously, sometimes when there's no one in the room. And even popular brands like Ikea are not immune. It just happened to one family, with a "Glasholm" glass-top desk from Ikea. Holly Burns still has hundreds of pieces of broken glass all over her teenage son's bedroom. "I was cooking dinner, when I heard a big sound like a big boom, and my first thought was a tree had fallen into the house, that's how loud it was," she said. She rushed upstairs. "His glass-top desk had just shattered. Basically exploded," she said. Good thing her teenage son was away at school, as she found shards of glass even on his bed. "We were just fortunate no one was around," she said.

Chance occurrence, or alarming trend?

Burns thought it was just a one-time freak occurrence, until she went online and started finding other complaints about the exact same thing happening. The Consumer Product Safety Commission has more than a dozen complaints about Ikea glass tables and products shattering. Several consumers have even posted YouTube videos of their experience. "The table exploded during dinner," one YouTube posting said. IKEA is now investigating Holly Burn's report. However, Ikea told the Daily Mail earlier this year:"The safety of our products is always our main priority, and our entire range is tested rigorously to meet the highest standards. Over time, small knocks and fractures can affect the durability of tempered glass. We understand the experience of the glass breaking can be distressing. However tempered glass is designed to shatter to minimize risk of injury." This past summer, we reported on a family whose glass patio table (not from Ikea) also shattered spontaneously. An expert told us tempered glass shatters in dramatic fashion, which may explain why it is reported so much these days. Unlike old-fashioned "plate glass," which breaks into large, sharp pieces, tempered glass is very safe. It rarely cuts people, as the edges of each broken piece are rounded. But Holly Burns is taking no chances. "I would probably steer clear of it in the future and go for the old standard wooden desk, that I know would be sturdy and nothing like that would ever happen to it," she said. The CPSC, meantime, has hundreds of complaints about shattering glass tables, shower doors, and oven doors. At this point, though, the agency is not saying if the problem is getting worse, or if we are just hearing about it more thanks to social media. But know the risks of glass, so you don't waste your money.

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