Eighth Child Reported Dead From IKEA Dresser Malfunction

Jon Howard
October 23, 2017

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

Mann said the family is "absolutely distraught" over what happened.

Still, in February 2016, another 22-month-old boy was crushed after the dresser fell on him. They added that the recall "offered consumers a choice of several remedies which are still available today, and which we have communicated to consumers since the recall via our web site, through social media and email campaigns". The items are unstable if not properly anchored to the wall, posing a serious tip-over and entrapment hazard that can result in death or serious injuries to children.

As of now, the Consumer Product Safety Commission is investigating the death of Jozef Dudek.

In a written statement to ABC News, Ikea said, "Our hearts go out to the affected family, and we offer our honest condolences during this most hard time". "IKEA urges all consumers to securely attach chests to the wall with the hardware included in every IKEA chest of drawers package".

According to ABC, a tentative $50 million settlement is in the works for three previous deaths when the dresser flipped over on toddlers. She believes Ikea needs to work harder to warn families of the dangers before more kids get hurt.

The recall offers full refunds or fix kits for over 100 potentially risky dresser models produced between 2002 and 2016 (see the full list here), and partial refunds for any dressers produced before 2002.

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The furniture, the chest of drawers Malm-known for its propensity to switch in before, had been recalled by the teaches Swedish in June 2016 in the United States and Canada.

"Jozef's tragic death was completely avoidable".

Ikea did not address the validity of these numbers, but they did note in their statement that the recall of Malm dressers goes back many years, and argued that it would be impossible to truly know how numerous items are still now being used. He added that he thinks Ikea's efforts to recall the dressers were "poorly publicized.and ineffective".

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

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.

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

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