IKEA agrees to pay $46 million after dresser tip-over kills toddler

IKEA has agreed to pay $46 million to settle a wrongful death lawsuit brought by the parents of a California toddler who was crushed to death after a popular dresser model which had been recalled tipped over. According to the article, the model had been recalled after “at least five other children were killed.” An IKEA spokeswoman 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.” The New York Times reports that IKEA initially offered free wall-anchoring kits to try and resolve the issue with the product, before ultimately issuing a recall in June 2016.

The 70-pound Malm dresser had been the subject of a safety recall when it tipped over on Jozef Dudek, killing the 2-year-old. Eight children are known to have died when Ikea furniture tipped over. The discount furniture chain recalled a total of 29 million chests and dressers, including 8 million MALM dressers, in 2016.

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