February 25, 2018

An 8th Child Has Reportedly Been Killed By Recalled Ikea Dresser

23 October 2017, 03:37 | Kenneth Drake

Jozef Dudek

Jozef Dudek

Ikea recalled the three-drawer Malm and other models of chests and dressers in June 2016, citing a serious tip-over hazard, and urged customers who'd purchased the dressers to either anchor them to a wall, or return them for a refund.

Daniel J. Mann, the family's lawyer, said the family is "absolutely distraught" by the accident, ABC News reports.

As for the recall, Cowles said, "We are telling consumers that if they are going to participate, to ask for the refund" rather than the anchoring kit. And while IKEA has been at the center of the growing discussion surrounding toddlers and unsecured furniture because of its ubiquity, its products are far from the only ones that pose a threat to children. "The initial investigation indicates that the chest involved in this incident had not been properly attached to the wall".

Ikea and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission are aware of Jozef's death. He was found dead in his room beneath an IKEA Malm dresser that had fallen on top of him during naptime on May 24, according to a press release issued by the family's law firm Feldman Shepherd this week.

"Our hearts go out to the affected family, and we offer our honest condolences during this most hard time", spokesperson Mona Astra Liss said.

According to ABC, a tentative $50 million settlement is in the works for three previous deaths when the dresser flipped over on toddlers. At the time they offered a full refund for any pieces manufactured between 2002 and 2016, or a free fix kit that included a wall anchor to prevent the tall items from tipping.

The first child deaths to be publicly associated with the Malm dressers occurred in 2014.

Some believe Ikea should be doing more to raise awareness about the dangers of the recalled product.

"We have to do better, because these are just ticking land mines in a child's bedroom", she said.

His colleague Alan Feldman said that Jozef's death was "completely avoidable", adding that IKEA's recall effort was poorly executed as it was not publicized properly. "Rather than move on with new versions of the tainted MALM name and sweep the recall under the rug, IKEA must do everything it can to retrieve its faulty dressers".

"The true tragedy is there might be more of these in the future."

All of the children killed have been 3 years old or younger, the CPSC said.

According to a report by the CPSC, a child is injured every 24 minutes and one child dies every two weeks in the US due to furniture or TVs tipping over on them.

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