Ikea Dresser Reportedly Kills Eighth Child Despite Recall and Repair Offer

Posted October 23, 2017

Two-year-old Jozef Dudek died in May after his father put him down for a nap and returned to find his son beneath a Malm dresser from IKEA, according to a statement from the family's lawyers.

The recalled MALM chests and dressers were manufactured and sold through June 2016 and include the 3-drawer, 4-drawer, 5-drawer and 6-drawer models.

Mr Mann, who represented the families of three other children who died in similar circumstances, said the family plans to sue the store.

News of Jozef's tragic death only came to light this week after the Dudek's family attorney spoke out saying they were "absolutely distraught" over what happened. "Our hearts go out to the affected family, and we offer our honest condolences during this most hard time". The company added that "the initial investigation indicates that the chest involved in this incident had not been properly attached to the wall".

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An IKEA Malm dresser that can tip over when a toddler opens one of the drawers and tries to climb on it has led to another death.

However, Ikea said it was impossible to know how many unsecured dressers remain in use.

The Malm dresser was recalled in 2015, after two children were crushed by the rawer sets in 2014, notes USA Today.

A child is killed every two weeks by furniture or appliances that fall on him or her, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, which is investigating Jozef's death, NPR reported.

The previous lawsuits against IKEA asserted that the unsafe design of the dressers rendered them inherently unstable and easily tipped over. Ikea has since redesigned some of its dressers and says all dressers it sells now adhere to the voluntary industry standard for stability.

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Ikea, pictured March 27, 2013 in southern France, has comes under fire following a tipping dresser that has killed multiple children.

"Our hearts go out to the influenced family, and we offer our earnest sympathies amid this most troublesome time", the organization said in an announcement.

Ikea consumers are entitled to a full refund for recalled chests and dressers manufactured between January 2002 and June 2016.

Ikea argued, in an official statement, that they spread news of the recall to the best of their abilities, stating that they used social media, email campaigns, national news stories, and their website to inform their customers. Consumers can re-order the kits as needed.

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