Eighth Child Reported Dead From IKEA Dresser Malfunction

Ivan Schwartz
October 22, 2017

That's only 3 percent of the dressers covered by the recall.

Jozef Dudek was killed when an unsecured three-drawer Malm dresser fell on him in the bedroom of his Buena Park, California home when his parents put him down for a sleep in May.

"We took our responsibility to communicate this recall very seriously and went to great lengths to get the word out", the company's statement read.

Daniel J. Mann, the family's lawyer, said the family is "absolutely distraught" by the accident, ABC News reports.

It's the first death since the furniture giant announced a recall of 29 million chests and drawers past year, and it's the eighth death that is connected to the recalled dressers.

Feldman added, "It has always been our view that furniture stability should be built into a dresser and anchoring should be a secondary method of securing furniture".

"Little kids are curious enough to pull out dressers and look for things and even climb, but they do not have the maturity or body strength to move a dresser on top of them", Feldman said. He did however, confirm that the Dudek family plans on suing Ikea.

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Cowles said a relatively small percentage of affected pieces have been remedied by a refund or fix kit - perhaps as low as 3 percent - citing recall progress data from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission from January 2017 obtained by the Philadelphia Inquirer.

In a statement, Ikea offered "sincere condolences during this most hard time" to Jozef's family.

Please immediately stop using any recalled chest or dresser that is not properly anchored to the wall and place in an area not accessible to children.

Ikea settled with the families for £38 million ($50m) in December a year ago. The settlement money is said to have been divided among the three families. Customers with the dressers could arrange to have them picked up for free or could drop them off at any Ikea store. The redesign was executed to ensure that the retailer's furniture met the voluntary American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) stability standards.

Mr Mann said: "Jozef's tragic death was completely avoidable".

Ikea's efforts included press releases, national news coverage and social media advertisement, among other communication methods. The same dresser, which was recalled a year ago is reportedly responsible for seven other small children's deaths. The company reiterated its safety warnings in April 2016 after a third child died. The bill, titled the STURDY Act, proved to be unsuccessful.

He is the eighth child who has died from an incident involving an Ikea dresser and the fourth killed specifically by the Malm product.

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