IKEA to pay family £35m after two-year-old killed by chest of drawers

IKEA has agreed to pay $46m (£35m) to the parents of a two-year-old boy who died from injuries he suffered when a chest of drawers tipped on to him.
Jozef Dudek, from Buena Park in California, died in 2017 after a 32kg (70Ibs) Malm dresser toppled over.

In a lawsuit brought in Philadelphia the year after Jozef died, his parents accused the Swedish furniture company of knowing the item posed a hazard, and of failing to warn customers to attach it to a wall.

Image: Jozef Dudek died of injuries sustained when a Malm chest of drawers fell on him
The dresser was recalled in 2016, the lawsuit said.
IKEA offered its “deepest condolences” to the family.


Joleen Dudek, Jozef’s mother, told USA Today: “We miss him so much. He would be turning five this year in April.

“We never thought that a two-year-old could cause a short 30-inch dresser to tip over and suffocate him.”

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Under the settlement, IKEA must meet advocacy organisation Parents Against Tip-Overs, the family’s lawyers said.
About $1m (£762,000) from the settlement will be donated to organisations that advocate for more rigorous stability testing.
IKEA said in a statement: “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.”
A spokesperson added: “We remain committed to working proactively and collaboratively to address this very important home safety issue.
“Product safety is a top priority for IKEA and at the core of the design process every day. Again, we offer our deepest condolences to the family.”

Source : Sky News