COPENHAGEN, Denmark — Grieving parents filed wrongful death lawsuits against furniture giant Ikea after their dressers toppled and killed three children. Ikea agreed to settle the claims for approximately $50 million. According to a report appearing in the New York Daily News, all three of the toddlers killed by toppling dressers and chests sold by Ikea were from the U.S. The fatal incidents occurred in 2014 and 2016 involving furniture from Ikea’s MALM line of products. Ikea recalled 21 million models similar to those that trapped and killed the victims, in addition to the eight million chests and dressers the Swedish brand previously recalled. Now, a class-action lawsuit has emerged claiming that Ikea’s MALM recall campaign was insufficient, according to a report published by HouseBeautiful.com.
A class-action lawsuit filed recently by parents who live in Minnesota claims that Ikea failed to devise a sufficiently broad recall plan that would protect all children from falling or tipping dressers and chests. The parents said in their court pleadings that they purchased two dressers from Ikea’s MALM line prior to the company’s recall campaign. However, the store would not accept the returns after the recall campaign began. Furthermore, the angry parents allege that Ikea knew it sold dangerous furniture that was prone to falling on small children.
Ikea has faced allegations of selling dangerous furniture before the initiation of these two lawsuits. In 2016, Ikea was forced to recall 29 million dressers and chests after as many as seven small children were crushed by Ikea furniture that tipped over on them. Ikea announced another recall of its MALM dresser and chest line, along with other models in 2017, when an eighth child was killed by a falling dresser. In 2020, Ikea expanded announced a recall for its line of Kullen chests and dressers because of the possibility that the items could fall over and kill a small child.
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