Eighth Child Reported Dead From IKEA Dresser Malfunction

Eighth Child Reported Dead From IKEA Dresser Malfunction

Jozef Dudek, two, was killed when a three-drawer Malm dresser fell on him in the bedroom of his California home when his parents put him down for a nap in May.

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.

The dresser that reportedly killed Jozef was of the Malm family - before the child's death, 29 million of the same dressers in the same line were recalled for tipping over when not properly secured.

Daniel Mann, the Dudek family's lawyer, told The Inquirer: 'Jozef's tragic death was completely avoidable.

The groups said CSPC must make a greater effort, "to reach every home with an IKEA dresser, urging families to return any unsafe dresser for a refund, and providing incentives for consumers to remove such a dresser from their homes".

It said in a statement that "the initial investigation indicates that the chest involved in this incident had not been properly attached to the wall".

Eight children in total are known to have died when Ikea chest of drawers fell on them, with four being crushed by the brand's Malm item, which was recalled past year.

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Jozef is believed to be the first confirmed death since Ikea recalled the dresser past year.

Ikea, as well as the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, have confirmed they are aware of Jozef's death in relation to the Malm product. "But it should be made safe by design initially". The plaintiffs contended that IKEA had consistently refused to meet voluntary national safety standards for the stability of chests and dressers, which other American furniture companies had embraced.

"The true tragedy is there might be more of these in the future."

Ikea countered that it has publicized the recall through website, social media and email campaigns, as well as through news stories and a national advertising campaign using TV, print, radio, digital and social media.

In numerous other Ikea tip-over cases a child was injured but not killed, and Mann said he's sure there are tip-overs that are never reported at all because a child was not harmed. Consumers with chests and dressers manufactured prior to January 2002 will be eligible for a partial store credit.

According to a report by the CPSC, a child is injured every 24 minutes and one child dies every two weeks in the USA due to furniture or TVs tipping over on them.

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