Ikea Set to Pay $46 Million For Unsafe Dresser That Tipped Over and Killed A Toddler

Ikea is the largest—and likely also the most recognizable—furniture retailer in the world.  Their stores/showrooms demonstrate how versatile and compatible their collections can be in a variety of furnishing environments.  And that might serve to explain consumer love for the brand. 

But with success comes many obstacles and for Ikea, one of the biggest obstacles is injuries resulting from their furniture.  This week, Ikea has agreed to pay $46 million to the parents of a toddler who died after a dresser tipped onto him in 2017.  The attorneys for these California parents of Jozef Dudek believe this may be the biggest wrongful death of a child settlements in US history. 

That in mind, it is important to note the retailer recalled 17.3 million dressers in 2016. This includes the popular three-drawer Malm item that tipped over—and killed—2-year-old Jozef Dudek.  The settlement from this case, alone, was actually close to three times more than what Ikea paid to settle other—similar—lawsuits in 2016: $50 million among three different families.

In a statement, the company has said, “While no settlement can alter the tragic events that brought us here, for the sake of the family and all involved, we’re grateful that this litigation has reached a resolution.  We remain committed to working proactively and collaboratively to address this very important home safety issue. Again, we offer our deepest condolences.”

In all, Ikea dressers have been linked the unfortunate and untimely deaths of at least nine children; and at least a dozen injuries.  If you are familiar with Ikea furniture—which often require bracing or anchoring to be stable—most of these accidents occurred when a child pulled on the drawers of the unit, causing it to fall forward. 

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