WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- IKEA is set to pay a $46 million settlement to the family of a 2-year-old boy whose death was caused by a dresser tip-over.
- The Dudek family stated in the lawsuit that the company was aware of the dresser’s tip-over hazard but failed to warn consumers that the dressers shouldn’t be used without being anchored to a wall.
- IKEA offered its deepest condolences and promised to make products safer and offer safety workshops and consumer education.
IKEA is set to pay a $46 million settlement to the family of a 2-year-old boy whose death was caused by a dresser tip-over.
Jozef Dudek, from Buena Park, California, died in 2017 of injuries after a 70-pound (32-kilogram) dresser tipped over onto him.
His parents filed a lawsuit against the Swedish home furnishings company in a Philadelphia court in 2018.
On Monday, the family’s lawyers announced that IKEA has agreed to pay the $46 million settlement to the Dudek family.
The Dudeks stated in the lawsuit that IKEA was aware that its Malm dressers posed a tip-over hazard and had already injured or killed a number of children. They further accused the company of failing to warn consumers that the dressers shouldn’t be used without being anchored to a wall. It was stated in the lawsuit that the dresser was recalled back in 2016 but the family was not informed about it.
The Dudek family’s lawyers said that the settlement also requires IKEA to meet with the advocacy organization, Parents Against Tip-overs. The company is also obligated to broaden its outreach to consumers about the recall of IKEA dressers.
The family was represented by the firm Feldman Shepherd Wohlgelernter Tanner Weinstock Dodig.
The Dudeks also declared that $1 million from the settlement will be donated to organizations that advocate for stricter stability testing for dressers.
IKEA offered its deepest condolences in an official statement. It promised that it is currently working to address “this very important home safety issue.”
They stated that in addition to making products safer, they will also offer safety workshops and consumer education.
“While no settlement can alter the tragic events that brought us here, for the sake of the family and all involved, we’re grateful that this litigation has reached a resolution,” IKEA concluded.