Ikea dresser, already recalled, reportedly kills 8th child

Oct 23, 2017, 04:08
Ikea dresser, already recalled, reportedly kills 8th child

Millions of the Sweedish retailer's unsteady dressers were recalled due to the possibility of deadly tipping accidents. Dudek is the eight child to be killed by a recalled Ikea dresser.

Jozef Dudek, two, was killed when a three-drawer Malm dresser fell on him in the bedroom of his California home when his parents put him down for a nap in May. The father returned to the room to discover the Ikea dresser had toppled over, with the toddler underneath of it.

Jozef Dudek has become the eighth victim of the draws, that were recalled a year ago. "Unfortunately, there are 29 million of these things that were sold, and the recall was ineffective in alerting consumers about the problem about the defective condition of the dresser". The furniture has a proclivity to tip over if it isn't secured properly to a wall.

The previous lawsuits against IKEA asserted that the unsafe design of the dressers rendered them inherently unstable and easily tipped over. In the recall, the company was offering full or partial refunds for the product in addition to free wall-anchoring kits that would attach the furniture to the wall, making it safe to use. Ikea also said the company's "hearts go out to the affected family, and we offer our honest condolences during this most hard time".

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Ikea added, "The initial investigation indicates that the chest involved in this incident had not been properly attached to the wall".

It also paid out $50 million to the families of the dead children in a settlement.

An IKEA Malm dresser that can tip over when a toddler opens one of the drawers and tries to climb on it has led to another death.

'Jozef's tragic death was completely avoidable, ' Mann said. Ikea, however, claimed that their efforts to alert customers of the recall went "beyond both the industry standard as well as what was required by law".

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The recalled MALM chests and dressers were manufactured and sold through June 2016 and include the 3-drawer, 4-drawer, 5-drawer and 6-drawer models.

Safety standards for dressers are now optional.

After the third child was killed in February 2016 - a 22-month-old boy from Minnesota - the company finally issued a full recall that June. The bill, titled the STURDY Act, proved to be unsuccessful.

In numerous other Ikea tip-over cases a child was injured but not killed, and Mann said he's sure there are tip-overs that are never reported at all because a child was not harmed.

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