IKEA announced the recall of 29 million dressers on June 28, 2016. The recall comes as the company faces lawsuits after the deaths of at least three children who were tragically killed when IKEA dressers overturned on them.
The attorneys at Feldman Shepherd are leading the fight against IKEA on behalf of these innocent victims. If your child has been harmed or killed, we can help you seek justice. Contact us at (844) 480-0100 or by filling out the form on this page to find out what we can do for your family.
“It should not have taken repeated injuries and deaths over many years before IKEA finally responded to the potential hazard it placed in millions of American homes.”
IKEA Dressers are Hazardous to Your Child’s Safety
“There is no reason for IKEA furniture to be so unstable and prone to tip over that it threatens the very lives of small children who have these dressers in their bedrooms. IKEA knows how to design and build safer products, and it’s time for this company to get its act together.” -Attorney Alan Feldman
IKEA furniture is known for being difficult to assemble, but in recent years, it has also proven hazardous and deadly. Imagine discovering your child crushed underneath a dresser—a seemingly innocuous piece of children’s furniture. This was the horrible reality for the mother of Curren Collas, a two-year-old boy from Pennsylvania who died after being crushed by an IKEA six-drawer MALM dresser in his own bedroom.
According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission there are more than 43,000 injuries due to tip-over incidents each year, and about 25,000 of these are injuries to children.
IKEA MALM Dressers Fail the Simplest of Stability Tests
The Philadelphia Inquirer conducted an independent study using the two IKEA MALM dressers involved in the deaths of three boys. Both dressers failed the stability tests, which measure standards observed by most other furniture manufacturers. This failure showcases the inherent instability of the dressers.
During the tests, the empty dresser drawers were opened all the way. When the final drawer was fully extended, the unit instantly tipped over. When 50 pounds was hung on one of the drawers (about the weight of a child), both dressers tipped over with a violent crash.
Young Children Are Not the Only Victims of Furniture Tip-Overs
While young children are most at risk for death due to tip-overs, over 43,000 people sustain injuries every year due to falling furniture that is not manufactured to stability standards. An 80-year-old woman from New York suffered serious injuries when an IKEA dresser tipped over and crushed her right leg. The woman remained trapped under the dresser for more than an hour before she could free herself. Her leg became infected due to the injury and required the removal of necrotic tissue. Her scar serves as a daily reminder of the injury caused by the unstable IKEA dresser.
Feldman Shepherd Attorneys Sue IKEA on Behalf of Parents and Injury Victim
Feldman Shepherd attorneys Alan Feldman, Daniel Mann, and Edward Goldis represent the families of the three boys in Washington State, Pennsylvania, and Minnesota who were killed when IKEA MALM Dressers tipped over, crushing them. The attorneys also represent an 80-year-old woman who suffered serious injuries when an IKEA dresser tipped over and crushed her right leg.
Have Questions about IKEA Furniture’s Safety or a Story to Share?
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed due to an IKEA furniture tip-over, or if you have experienced an IKEA furniture tip-over, please contact us to share your experience. We look forward to speaking with you.
Curren Collas, a two-year-old boy, died after being crushed in his own bedroom.
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