Recalled IKEA Dresser Linked to Death of Toddler

Jozef Dudek

Jozef Dudek

IKEA, the Swedish company that calls itself "the life improvement store", has been heavily criticized for "poorly publicizing" the recall and fix programs, Philly.com reported.

"Through the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), we have learned of a tragic tip-over accident which reportedly took place in May 2017 in California", Ikea wrote in a statement Thursday.

"Our hearts go out to the affected family, and we offer our honest condolences during this most hard time", Ikea said in a statement to the broadcaster. According to the Enquirer, he is the first child to die since IKEA issued a massive recall for chests and dressers, which can tip over and crush children if they aren't anchored to the wall.

Their lawyer, Alan Feldman, says that 29 million of dressers Ikea have been sold around the world, and that " the recall was ineffective".

Dudek was the eighth child who has been crushed to death by a recalled IKEA dresser, ABC News reports.

Dudek's death is reported to be the eighth child death in connection to an Ikea dresser or chest that was recalled in June 2016.

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

In addition to the California family, Mann's law firm has represented the families of three other toddler boys who were killed when their Ikea Malm dressers tipped over onto them.

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In 2015, when two toddlers were crushed to death in one year by the dressers, IKEA launched a fix program offering free kits for anchoring Malm dressers to the wall, the press release states.

The recalled units were sold at Ikea stores "at various times through June 2016", the company said.

An eighth child has reportedly been crushed to death by an IKEA dresser that was recalled past year, and the company is facing backlash for what several safety organizations are calling a "lackluster" effort to recall the product.

Ikea's efforts included press releases, national news coverage and social media advertisement, among other communication methods.

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.

The child's family plans on suing IKEA for their child's death, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer, as they were unaware of the dresser recall.

If consumers prefer to get the free anchoring kit, they may install it themselves or have Ikea provide a one-time, free in-home installation service, upon request.

Safety standards for dressers are now optional.

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