Recalled Ikea dresser linked to death of another toddler

Randall Padilla
October 22, 2017

Daniel J. Mann, the family's lawyer, said the family is "absolutely distraught" by the accident, ABC News reports.

Ikea's Malm collection and other dressers have been redesigned following its initial recall announcement in June 2016.

"Our hearts go out to the affected family, and we offer our honest condolences during this most hard time", the company said in a statement.

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.

The incident marks the first confirmed death since the Ikea dresser was recalled a year ago. 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.

Customers were advised to immediately tether the dressers to a wall or return the furniture for a refund.

Ikea, as well as the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, have confirmed they are aware of Jozef's death in relation to the Malm product. "But it should be made safe by design initially". The furniture lines were not compliant with the industry safety standard in the USA, which is voluntary, government regulators have said.

"The true tragedy is there might be more of these in the future", Mann told ABC.

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. "Sometimes a parent catches it or it falls onto a wall or a bed It's just by the grace of God". Only months after the company issued a full recall, it was discovered that the 2011 death of a child could also be linked to an item in the Malm line.

Ikea offered condolences to the family of the boy who was killed.

The company defended the 2016 recall and its efforts to publicize it, saying that it worked with USA media outlets for coverage, launched a national advertising campaign and posted information about the recall prominently online and in its stores.

"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.

Participating consumers can receive a full or partial refund or a free wall-anchoring fix kit. But with the deaths of 8 children allegedly brought on by their dressers, the company has found itself under some serious fire. Consumers can re-order the kits as needed.

Safety standards for dressers are now optional.

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