Ikea to pay family $46m after child killed by falling drawers

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The Swedish furniture giant Ikea has agreed to pay $46m (£35m) to parents of a child who was killed when a chest of drawers fell on him

Jozef Dudek, 2, suffocated in May 2017 when the company’s Malm drawers toppled over at the family’s California home.

Safety concerns
The item, which weighs 70lbs (32kg), had been recalled a year earlier over safety concerns after three other children were killed.

It is the largest child wrongful death settlement in US history, lawyers say.

“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,” a spokeswoman for Ikea said.

“We remain committed to working… to address this very important home safety issue,” she added.

In a statement, the child’s parents, Joleen and Craig Dudek, said they were “devastated” by the loss of their son.

We never thought that a two year old could cause a dresser just 30 inches (76cm) high to topple over and suffocate him,” they said. “It was only later that we learned that it was unstable by design.”

“We are telling our story because we do not want this to happen to another family,” the couple added. They urged anyone who still has a recalled Ikea dresser to return it.

The family also said they would donate $1m of the settlement to groups working to protect children from dangerous products.

 

 

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