Did an IKEA Dresser Hurt Your Child?

IKEA announced the recall of 29 million dressers on June 28, 2016 and then re-announced the recall on November 21, 2017. At least nine children have been tragically killed by IKEA dresser tip-overs.

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.

“IKEA recalled the MALM and more than 100 other model dressers because IKEA knew they were dangerously unstable and had caused the deaths of too many children. Unfortunately, the recall was halfhearted and poorly executed, leaving millions of unsafe dressers in children’s bedrooms throughout the country. They are ticking time bombs and must be removed from homes where they are accessible to children.”

 

– Attorney Alan Feldman

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IKEA Dressers are Hazardous to Your Child’s Safety

“When a two-year old toddler can tip over a dresser, that dresser clearly has a design which is unsafe. IKEA and the rest of the furniture industry know how to make dressers that are stable and meet safety standards. Dressers that don’t meet minimum safety standards should not be sold. Period.” -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 27,000 injuries due to tip-over incidents each year, and about 12,500 of these are injuries to children.

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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.

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Curren Collas, a two-year-old boy, died after being crushed in his own bedroom.

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