Update: IKEA to Pay $46 Million to Parents of Toddler Killed by MALM Dresser
Jan. 7, 2020 – IKEA has 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 in May 2017 when a MALM dresser tipped over and fell on him. The suit was filed on behalf of Plaintiffs Craig and Joleen Dudek, who argued that IKEA knew that its MALM line of dressers were dangerous, defectively designed, and prone to tipping over, yet failed to adequately warn the public about these risks.
What’s the Problem?
November 22, 2017 – For the second time in just over a year, Swedish furniture giant Ikea has issued a recall for its Malm Line of chests and dressers, which have been linked to hundreds of reports of toppling over when not securely anchored to the wall, in addition to at least 8 tip-over accidents in which children died.
The new recall applies to Ikea’s Malm dressers and chests, as well as other furniture lines sold in the United States and Canada that were not compliant with the voluntary industry safety standard in place in the U.S. before the first recall was announced last year.
Ikea announced Tuesday that it had refunded a small number of the millions of pieces of furniture recalled after at least 8 toddlers had been killed by falling Malm dressers. As in the first recall, Ikea again offered to refund or provide wall-anchoring kits for the dressers or chests affected by the recall.
Two-year-old Jozef Dudek was killed in May when an unsecured 3 drawer Malm dresser fell on him in his bedroom in Buena Park, California, shortly after his parents put him down for a rest. He is the 8th child who has died from an incident involving an Ikea dresser and the 4th killed specifically by the Malm product.
According to CNN, Ikea Malm dressers have been linked to:
- 186 reports of dressers tipping;
- 9 injuries;
- 113 reports of other dressers tipping (53 of which caused injuries), and
- 8 children have died from injuries from recalled Ikea dressers since 1989.
Do I Have an Ikea Malm recall Lawsuit?
The Product Liability Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Ikea Malm recall lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new tip-over injury and death cases in all 50 states.
Again, if your child or other loved one was injured in a tip-over accident involving Ikea furniture, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.