"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," she said, "and go for the old standard wooden desk, that I know would be sturdy and nothing like that would ever happen to it."