Recalled Ikea dresser linked to death of another toddler

Recalled Ikea dresser linked to death of another toddler

Two-year-old Jozef Dudek of California was killed when a three-drawer Ikea dresser tipped over and crushed him during naptime.

"What makes this death more heartbreaking is the fact that last year's so-called recall was poorly publicised by Ikea and ineffective in getting these defective and unstable dressers out of children's bedrooms across the country".

Lawyers say an Ikea Malm dresser tipped over and crushed a two-year-old boy despite a recall and fix offer issued more than a year ago.

"Our hearts go out to the affected family, and we offer our honest condolences during this most hard time". "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.

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Follow Tess on Twitter. "Be that as it may, it ought to be made safe by plan at first", Feldman said. In addition to these, previous deaths from 1989, 2002, and 2007 involving Ikea dressers were also added.

A child is killed every two weeks by furniture or appliances that fall on him or her, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, which is investigating Jozef's death, NPR reported.

At the time of the recall, IKEA was aware of four children who died from Malm dressers and at least 17 injuries caused in tip-over accidents, according to the recall press release. Ikea has since redesigned some of its dressers and says all dressers it sells now adhere to the voluntary industry standard for stability. "It's just by the grace of God".

Dudek is the eight child to be killed by a recalled Ikea dresser. IKEA, however, pushed back against these numbers, saying that because the affected products have been sold for decades, "it's impossible to know how many of those units are still in use", and suggesting some owners may have secured the units on their own. "Companies must be held accountable for their products' safety and the CPSC must be strong enough to force companies to take action in ways that successfully get recalled products out of homes", the groups said. They added that the recall "offered consumers a choice of several remedies which are still available today, and which we have communicated to consumers since the recall via our web site, through social media and email campaigns".

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. Consumers can re-order the kits as needed.