IKEA pays US$46M over dresser tipover death

Top News | ASSOCIATED PRESS 8 Jan 2020

IKEA has agreed to pay US$46 million (HK$358.8 million) to the parents of a two-year-old boy who died of injuries suffered when a 32-kilogram recalled dresser tipped on top of him, the family's lawyers said.

Jozef Dudek, of Buena Park, California, died in 2017 and the next year his parents sued the Swedish home furnishings company in a Philadelphia court.

In the lawsuit, the Dudeks accused IKEA of knowing that its Malm dressers posed a tip-over hazard and that they had injured or killed a number of children, but that the company had failed to warn consumers that they should not be used without being anchored to a wall.

The dresser was recalled in 2016, according to the suit.

The settlement also requires IKEA to meet with the advocacy organization, Parents Against Tip-overs, and broaden its outreach to consumers about the recall of dressers.

The Dudek family will donate US$1 million to organizations that advocate rigorous stability testing for dressers.

IKEA said it offered its deepest condolences and is working to address "this very important home safety issue,'' including offering consumer education and safety workshops and working to make safer products.

"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,'' the company said.

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