Eighth boy dies after Ikea dresser crushes him

Robyn Valdez
October 23, 2017

The Feldman Shepherd Wohlgelernter Tanner Weinstock Dodig LLP law firm, which represents the parents of two-year-old Jozef Dudek of Buena Park, California, said in a statement on October 19 that Jozef died on May 24 after an IKEA Malm dresser fell on him.

"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", Feldman continued. Dudek family lawyer Daniel Mann told ABC that's exactly what happened to Jozef during his nap time and that family is "absolutely distraught" over his death.

The groups said CSPC must make a greater effort, "to reach every home with an IKEA dresser, urging families to return any unsafe dresser for a refund, and providing incentives for consumers to remove such a dresser from their homes".

The company also said "the initial investigation indicates that the chest involved in this incident had not been properly attached to the wall". The evidence developed in the cases showed that IKEA had been aware of other deaths and injuries arising from furniture tip-overs that failed to meet minimum safety standards, but nevertheless refused to re-design its furniture products to be more stable and tip-resistant.

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The Malm dresser was recalled in 2015, after two children were crushed by the rawer sets in 2014, notes USA Today.

Ikea has come under fire for selling products that don't adhere to voluntary national safety standards.

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

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"Our hearts go out to the influenced family, and we offer our earnest sympathies amid this most troublesome time", the organization said in an announcement.

Ikea argued, in an official statement, that they spread news of the recall to the best of their abilities, stating that they used social media, email campaigns, national news stories, and their website to inform their customers. "If a consumer is unable to bring the product back to the store, Ikea will arrange to pick it up at their home".

Ikea consumers are entitled to a full refund for recalled chests and dressers manufactured between January 2002 and June 2016.

Safety standards for dressers are now optional.

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