What's the Problem?
This recall affects about 820,000 IKEA KULLEN Dressers that were sold exclusively at IKEA stores nationwide and online from April 2005 to December 2019 for about $60, according to the CPSC Recall Notice . Affected IKEA chests are 28 3/8 inches tall, sold in black-brown or birch colors, and weigh about 45 pounds each.
In addition to the potentially defective design which makes the recalled IKEA chests prone to tip-over incidents, those dressers imported from IKEA Supply AG after August 12, 2019, do not comply with the performance requirements of the updated version of the U.S. consensus standard (ASTM 2057-19), CPSC said.
If you purchased an IKEA KULLEN Dresser that is affected by this recall, you should stop using it immediately unless it is securely anchored to a wall and out of the reach of children, CPSC said. Consumers should contact IKEA for information about how to obtain a refund or free wall-attachment (anchor) kit. This recall began on March 4, 2020.
Ikea to Pay $46 Million to Parents of Toddler Crushed to Death by IKEA Dresser
In April 2021, Ikea agreed to pay a $46 million settlement in a wrongful-death lawsuit filed by the parents of a California toddler who was crushed to death by a popular IKEA dresser.
Joleen and Craig Dudek, whose son, Jozef, was killed in May 2017, announced the settlement. Mr. and Mrs. Dudek sued Ikea in 2017 in state court in Pennsylvania, arguing that the company was aware that its Malm line of dressers was prone to tip-overs and had failed to warn customers of the unstable design.
IKEA first offered free wall-anchoring kits as part of a repair program before issuing a recall in June 2016. The Dudeks bought the dresser in 2008 and claim they were never alerted to the recall by Ikea.
According to the lawsuit, on May 24, 2017, when Mr. Dudek went to check on Jozef, he found his son pinned beneath the drawers of the 70-pound dresser that had toppled onto him. Jozef died later that day from asphyxia caused by mechanical compression of the neck.
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Do I Have an IKEA KULLEN Dresser Recall Lawsuit?
The Product Liability Litigation Group at Schmidt & Clark, LLP law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in IKEA KULLEN Dresser Recall Lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new injury and death cases in all 50 states.
If your child or other loved one was injured by an IKEA product, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.