Recalled IKEA Dresser Linked to Death of Toddler

Gladys Abbott
October 22, 2017

Lawyers say an Ikea Malm dresser tipped over and crushed a two-year-old boy despite a recall and fix offer issued more than a year ago. "What makes this death more heartbreaking is the fact that last year's so-called recall was poorly publicized by Ikea and ineffective in getting these defective and unstable dressers out of children's bedrooms across the country".

He is the eighth child who has died from an incident involving an Ikea dresser and the fourth killed specifically by the Malm product. Jozef Dudek died from the falling dresser during his nap tiime when no one else was in the room, the family attorney told ABC News.

"Our hearts go out to the affected family, and we offer our honest condolences during this most hard time", Ikea said in a statement.

"IKEA urges all consumers to securely attach chests to the wall with the hardware included in every IKEA chest of drawers package", the company said in a statement, NPR reported. The Consumer Product Safety Commission also said IKEA also made a wall-anchoring kit available for those who wish to keep the dressers.

Follow Tess on Twitter. 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. A third child died in April 2016, leading to IKEA issuing new safety warnings and an expanded recall.

In 2016, Ikea came under fire for the deaths and injuries of children due to the instability of the dressers, so they tried to remedy the problem by recalling the furniture.

Mann, whose firm represented three of these families, said more deaths could occur if these products aren't taken out of homes completely.

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At the time of the recall, the CPSC said the noncompliant dressers posed "a serious tip-over and entrapment hazard that can result in death or serious injuries to children". He did however, confirm that the Dudek family plans on suing Ikea.

Jozef is believed to be the first confirmed casualty since the product recall.

Mann says the design was inherently unsafe and charged that the company still hasn't done enough to warn consumers who may have one at home.

Although Ikea's recall began more than a year ago, the company says it will work with consumers to rectify any safety issues.

For those who now own a Malm dresser, the product can be returned for a refund, according to a Consumer Product Safety Commission release on the recall. "If a consumer is unable to bring the product back to the store, Ikea will arrange to pick it up at their home".

Safety standards for dressers are now optional.

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