Deaths continue after Ikea recalls millions of dressers

Dianna Christensen
October 22, 2017

An eighth child - a 2-year-old California boy - has died as the result of the tip-over of a recalled IKEA Malm dresser, prompting consumer advocates to make another call for action from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and IKEA.

However, according to a statement from the one of the family's lawyers, Alan M. Feldman of Philadelphia's Feldman Shepherd lawfim, the recalls were "poorly publicized by Ikea and ineffective in getting these defective and unstable dressers out of children's bedrooms". The company recalled more than 29 million of its popular Malm dresser styles in 2016 after six children were killed and 36 were injured by the heavy furniture tipping over on top of them.

The furniture store produced a statement that offered "sincere condolences during this most hard time".

The company also said "the initial investigation indicates that the chest involved in this incident had not been properly attached to the wall".

Contact IKEA for a choice between two options: a free wall-anchoring fix kit or a full or partial refund.

Follow Tess on Twitter. The father returned to the room to discover the Ikea dresser had toppled over, with the toddler underneath of it.

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The Swedish furniture manifacturer recalled 29 million items sold in the United States a year ago after they failed safety tests. In August 2016, Consumers Union, Consumer Federation of America, and Kids In Danger criticized IKEA for placing countless children at risk and resisting a recall for too long. It was only after Ted's death that IKEA agreed to a recall of Malm dressers as well as other furniture that contained similar safety and stability defects.

Feldman's law firm alleged that the toddler's death was "completely avoidable", according to a Thursday report from PR News Wire.

Jozef is believed to be the first confirmed casualty since the product recall. "But it should be made safe by design initially". "If a consumer is unable to bring the product back to the store, Ikea will arrange to pick it up at their home".

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.

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.

Safety experts say parents should be careful to secure any dresser or television, and to only use dressers that can remain upright even when a 50-pound weight is hung on a drawer.

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