U.S.A. (NBC)(01/07/20)— Ikea agreed to pay $46 million to the parents of a child who died after a recalled dresser tipped onto him, the company and attorneys for the child’s family said on Monday.
Jozef Dudek, age 2, died of his injuries in 2017 after tipping over a 70-pound “Malm” dresser.
The furniture maker issued a recall for millions of Malm products in 2016 after the deaths of three children in Pennsylvania, Washington state and Minnesota.
The families of those children reached a combined settlement of $50 million with the Swedish company in December 2016.
In a lawsuit filed last year in Philadelphia, Jozef’s family argued that Ikea knew the dressers posed a tip-over hazard but failed to tell customers that they shouldn’t be used without being anchored to a wall.
In a statement, a company spokeswoman said Ikea was grateful that the suit had been settled.
“We remain committed to working proactively and collaboratively to address this very important home safety issue,” the spokeswoman said.
The settlement also requires Ikea to meet with the advocacy organization Parents Against Tip-Overs, and to broaden its outreach to consumers about the recall of Ikea dressers, according to the family’s attorneys at the firm of Feldman Shepherd Wohlgelernter Tanner Weinstock Dodig.
From 2000 to 2017, emergency rooms across the United States reported more than 28,000 tip-over-related injuries and 542 deaths, according to a 2018 report from the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
More than 80 percent of those deaths involved kids younger than 14. Most involved TVs, although the agency attributed 110 deaths to chests, bureaus or dressers.
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