Two-year-old Jozef Dudek of California was killed when a three-drawer Ikea dresser tipped over and crushed him during naptime.
'What makes this death more heartbreaking is the fact that last year's so-called recall was poorly publicized by Ikea and ineffective in getting these defective and unstable dressers out of children's bedrooms across the country'. The family's lawyer, Daniel J. Mann of Philadelphia, said the accident happened in May and no one else was in the room.
In a statement, a spokeswoman for Ikea said the dresser had not been attached to the wall and encouraged consumers to use anchors included with its products. Those who choose to keep the dresser can request that IKEA install a free wall anchoring kit, or they can install it on their own.
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If you have an Ikea dresser, you seriously need to pay attention to this. Because of this, the company issued a recall on 29 million of its products previous year.
Ikea did not address the validity of these numbers, but they did note in their statement that the recall of Malm dressers goes back many years, and argued that it would be impossible to truly know how numerous items are still now being used.
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Mann's colleague, Alan Feldman, whose firm also represents the parents of three other boys killed by Malm dressers, told NPR that Jozef's death was "completely avoidable".
As of now, the Consumer Product Safety Commission is investigating the death of Jozef Dudek.
A 2-year-old California boy was killed last May after being crushed by an IKEA dresser that was subject to a recall in 2016, IKEA said Wednesday. In their recent coverage of Jozef's death, the publication claimed that in the first six months directly following the recall, 882,500 dressers were returned - representing only about 3 percent of the total number of recalled dressers.
"Little kids are curious enough to pull out dressers and look for things and even climb, but they do not have the maturity or body strength to move a dresser on top of them", Feldman said. "If a consumer is unable to bring the product back to the store, Ikea will arrange to pick it up at their home".
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".
Safety standards for dressers are now optional.