A California toddler was recently killed after an IKEA dresser that was recalled over a year ago toppled over and crushed him.
According to a statement from the one of the family's lawyers, Alan M. Feldman of Philadelphia's Feldman Shepherd lawfim, the recall was "poorly publicized by IKEA and ineffective in getting these defective and unstable dressers out of children's bedrooms".
Ikea is known for making furniture that manages to be somewhat stylish and affordable at the same time.
Follow Tess on Twitter. The parents of little Jozef Dudek indicate that they have not had knowledge of the risk that could represent the piece of furniture with three drawers. According to the Enquirer, he is the first child to die since IKEA issued a massive recall for chests and dressers, which can tip over and crush children if they aren't anchored to the wall.
The Malm dresser was recalled in 2015, after two children were crushed by the rawer sets in 2014, notes USA Today.
Ikea has come under fire for selling products that don't adhere to voluntary national safety standards.
"The true tragedy is there might be more of these in the future."
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.
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.
"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. Consumers can return the item to any store for a refund, no receipt required. That's only 3 percent of the dressers covered by the recall. Consumers can re-order the kits as needed.
Safety standards for dressers are now optional.
According to a report by the CPSC, a child is injured every 24 minutes and one child dies every two weeks in the US due to furniture or TVs tipping over on them.
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