Ikea Dresser Reportedly Kills Eighth Child Despite Recall and Repair Offer
- Author: David Armstrong Oct 23, 2017,
Oct 23, 2017, 4:10
"What makes this death more heartbreaking is the fact that last year's so-called recall was poorly publicized by IKEA and ineffective in getting these defective and unstable dressers out of children's bedrooms".
Ikea recalled a total of 29 million items sold in the USA a year ago after the products failed industry safety tests because they could fall over when unattached to a wall.
Ikea has come under fire after a toddler from Buena Park, California, was fatally injured by a recalled dresser, according to reports.
IKEA still allows customers to request a refund if they still have a Malm dresser.
The 29 million recalled chests and dressers include various Malm three-, four-, five- and six-drawer models, as well as other chests and dressers that were sold by Ikea.
The company reportedly went on to say, "the initial investigation indicates that the chest involved in this incident had not been properly attached to the wall".
The Inquirer reported this week that only 882,500 dressers were addressed under the recall and fix program, according to a CPSC filing in January 2017.
Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Chairman Elliot Kaye, left, watches a demonstration of how an Ikea dresser can tip and fall on a child during a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington, Tuesday, June 28, 2016.
Jozef is believed to be the first confirmed death since Ikea recalled the dresser previous year. "Be that as it may, it ought to be made safe by plan at first", Feldman said.
The family's attorney Daniel Mann, of Philadelphia's Feldman Shepherd law firm, told The Inquirer that Jozef's parents did not know the Malm dresser had been recalled.
'Jozef's tragic death was completely avoidable, ' Mann said.
"Our hearts go out to the affected family, and we offer our honest condolences during this most hard time", the company said in a statement.
"We took our responsibility to communicate this recall very seriously and went to great lengths to get the word out", the company's statement read. Consumers can return the item to any store for a refund, no receipt required. Millions of the Sweedish retailer's unsteady dressers were recalled due to the possibility of deadly tipping accidents.
Safety standards for dressers are now optional.