Two-year-old Jozef Dudek from California was killed when a three-drawer Ikea dresser - that was part of a recall previous year - fell over and crushed the boy during naptime.
According to a statement from the one of the family's lawyers, Alan M. Feldman of Philadelphia's Feldman Shepherd lawfim, the recall was "poorly publicized by IKEA and ineffective in getting these defective and unstable dressers out of children's bedrooms". Ikea is recalling 29 million chests and dressers after six children were killed when the furniture toppled over and fell on them.
"IKEA urges all consumers to securely attach chests to the wall with the hardware included in every IKEA chest of drawers package", the company said in a statement, NPR reported.
Ikea offered a full refund to customers who purchased certain lines of dressers and chests after 2002, including the Malm line, and partial refunds for those made before.
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"Sadly, Jozef's death was completely avoidable, had IKEA adhered to safe design standards", said Feldman.
The toddler lost his life after a three-drawer Malm dresser toppled over and crushed him in his bedroom in May. All over the world, families trust Ikea furniture to serve its goal in their homes without causing too much strife.
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.
2-year-old Jozef Dudek died in May, and his distraught parents are just coming forward with their story. Because of this, the company issued a recall on 29 million of its products a year ago. "Accidents related to furniture tipping over is a serious home safety issue for the entire home furnishing industry and IKEA is committed to take the lead in addressing this challenge".
Daniel Mann has represented the families of three other children who also died due to IKEA furniture, and has outlined the family's plan to sue the Swedish furniture giant.
Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Chairman Elliot Kaye, left, watches a demonstration of how an Ikea dresser can tip and fall on a child during a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington, Tuesday, June 28, 2016.
At the time of the recall, IKEA was aware of four children who died from Malm dressers and at least 17 injuries caused in tip-over accidents, according to the recall press release.
Dudek was reportedly the eighth child to be killed by an unanchored IKEA dresser.
An IKEA spokeswoman told the Philadelphia Inquirer Thursday that the company has invested millions of dollars - and gone beyond what its agreement with the government required - to inform consumers about the recall.