January 11, 2016 — ABC News reports that IKEA has been hit with another wrongful death lawsuit after a child was crushed under a toppled dresser. The lawsuit claims IKEA knew the dresser was unstable but sold it anyway.
The 2 year-old boy, Camden Ellis of Snohomish, Washington, died four days after he was found trapped under a 3-drawer (30″-inch high) MALM chest that tipped over in June 2014.
Just four months earlier, another 2 year-old boy from West Chester, Pennsylvania, died after a MALM 6-drawer chest tipped over and pinned him against his bed.
Lawsuits have been now been filed by the families of both boys. They accuse IKEA of selling furniture that is inherently unstable and does not meet the industry standard for safety and stability. An attorney for the families told Philly.com:
“When you are familiar with how a product is used, when you have intimate and actual knowledge that tip-overs of your furniture can easily occur and have occurred dozens of times, you can only stick your head in the sand for so long.”
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and IKEA recalled about 27 million MALM chests and dressers due to the tip-over hazard in July 2014. Customers were provided a free wall-anchoring kit that includes hardware, instructions, and warning labels to be affixed on the furniture.
At the time of the recall, IKEA was aware of 14 tip-over incidents resulting in four injuries, including two deaths in the United States. Since 1989, other types of IKEA chests and drawers were linked to an additional three reports of deaths from tip-over incidents.
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