Ikea will pay $ 46 million to parents of child killed by dresser
Swedish furniture giant Ikea to pay US $ 46 million to parents of two-year-old child killed in the United States by the fall of one of its dressers, family law firm announced .
The small Jozef Dudek was crushed in May 2017, at his Californian home, by an unstable chest of drawers from the Malm range, which had been the subject of a massive recall a year earlier following several comparable accidents.
His parents had filed a complaint in 2018 against the furniture manufacturer, accused of not having “taken the adequate measures to improve the safety and the stability of his dressers,” the cabinet said Feldman Shepherd in a press release.
As part of an amicable settlement, world number one in furniture agreed Monday to pay 46 million (about CAN $ 60 million) to the child’s family, “compensation that could be the most important in American history for the accidental death of a child, “added the firm.
His lawyers had already obtained in 2016 that the Swedish group pays $ 50 million to divide between three families, whose children had perished under these dressers.
A spokesperson for Ikea confirmed the amount to AFP. “We remain committed to working proactively and collaboratively on this very important issue of home security,” she added.
The agreement also provides that Ikea will seek more to contact customers who have purchased Malm dressers or other comparable products.
Ikea announced in June 2016 the recall of nearly 36 million Malm dressers in North America, then 1.6 million in China, after the deaths of six children and accidents that injured thirty others in the United States .