Recalled Ikea Dresser Kills 2-Year-Old Boy


IKEA, the Swedish company that calls itself "the life improvement store", has been heavily criticized for "poorly publicizing" the recall and fix programs, reported.

Meanwhile, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission said it is investigating the incident.

In a written statement to ABC News, Ikea said, "Our hearts go out to the affected family, and we offer our honest condolences during this most hard time".

In 2016, Ikea came under fire for the deaths and injuries of children due to the instability of the dressers, so they tried to remedy the problem by recalling the furniture.

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

Dudek was reportedly the eighth child to be killed by an unanchored IKEA dresser.

Dudek's death is reported to be the eighth child death in connection to an Ikea dresser or chest that was recalled in June 2016.

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Nancy Cowles, executive director of the non-profit Kids In Danger, believes Ikea needs to be doing more to reach out to parents with these dressers.

Contact IKEA for a choice between two options: a free wall-anchoring fix kit or a full or partial refund.

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.

Two-year-old Jozef Dudek from California was killed when a three-drawer Ikea dresser - that was part of a recall previous year - fell over and crushed the boy during naptime. Ikea has since redesigned some of its dressers and says all dressers it sells now adhere to the voluntary industry standard for stability. According to the CPSC, "unstable and unsecured TVs and large pieces of furniture kill a child every two weeks, on average", and send approximately 38,000 people to emergency rooms every year, two-thirds of whom are children under the age of five.

"We took our responsibility to communicate this recall very seriously and went to great lengths to get the word out", the company's statement said. They also mentioned that they "worked hard to make participation in the recall as easy as possible for consumers".

For those who now own a Malm dresser, the product can be returned for a refund, according to a Consumer Product Safety Commission release on the recall.

In total, 29 million dressers and chests were recalled by Ikea, and the recall encompass a variety of styles.