Ikea Dresser Reportedly Kills Eighth Child Despite Recall and Repair Offer

Ann Santiago
October 23, 2017

That's only 3 percent of the dressers covered by the recall.

A two-year-old child is the latest victim of an Ikea dresser after it toppled over and killed him.

The Inquirer reported this week that only 882,500 dressers were addressed under the recall and fix program, according to a CPSC filing in January 2017.

Daniel J. Mann, the family's lawyer, said the family is "absolutely distraught" by the accident, ABC News reports. "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 vast majority of consumers do not secure these dressers to the wall and it has always been our view that furniture stability should be built into a dresser and anchoring should be a secondary method of securing furniture. Be that as it may, it ought to be made safe by plan at first", Feldman said.

Ikea offered an apology to the Dudek's for the death of their toddler.

Eight children in total are known to have died when Ikea chest of drawers fell on them, with four being crushed by the brand's Malm item, which was recalled a year ago.

Ikea is known for making furniture that manages to be somewhat stylish and affordable at the same time.

The company also said "the initial investigation indicates that the chest involved in this incident had not been properly attached to the wall".

All three families divided the $50million settlement equally between them.

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. The redesign was executed to ensure that the retailer's furniture met the voluntary American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) stability standards.

Mann's colleague, Alan Feldman, whose firm also represents the parents of three other boys killed by Malm dressers, told NPR that Jozef's death was "completely avoidable".

The company aded that it went to "great lengths to get the word out" about recalling the futniture, including a national advertising campaign, millions of emails to consumers and information "posted prominently" in stores.

The same dresser, which was recalled a year ago is reportedly responsible for seven other small children's deaths.

Safety experts say parents should be careful to secure any dresser or television, and to only use dressers that can remain upright even when a 50-pound weight is hung on a drawer.

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