IKEA Recalls 36 Million Chests and Dressers Due to Child Deaths
Popular furniture company IKEA has recalled nearly 36 million chests and dressers across the United States and Canada. The chests and dressers are linked to at least six deaths, though the company claims their products are safe if anchored to the wall. The recall covers six different models of MALM chests and dressers manufactured between the years 2002 and 2016, along with 100 other furniture families which the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission believes could topple over if not secured, posing a serious threat to young children.
Tipped over furniture and television sets kill more children annually than most parents realize. Parents are urged to check their furniture for recalls regularly and take action to anchor any large furniture pieces to the wall. If your child is injured due to a potentially defective product, consult with a product liability attorney as soon as possible. At Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law, our Georgia defective product attorneys have assisted thousands of individuals injured by products with poor design, inadequate warnings, and manufacturing defects. Our firm diligently fights to see that our injured clients obtain the compensation they deserve for their injuries sustained due to defective products.
IKEA Tip-Over Deaths
In 2014, two toddlers tragically died in incidents involving IKEA MALM chests. One year later, another young child was killed in a similar manner, which occurred after IKEA had announced a repair program providing free wall anchoring kits. Thus far, none of the fatal accidents involved chests or dressers anchored to the wall. IKEA is offering refunds or free wall anchors to anyone who has purchased one of the affected chests or dressers.
Tip-Over Accidents Remain a Significant Problem
Consumer Product Safety Commission (link will download the CPSC report PDF file to your computer) asserts that preventing tip-over deaths and injuries is a top priority of the agency. An estimated 21,700 children visited emergency rooms for tip-over related accidents between the years 2011 and 2013. About 360 children died in these accidents between 2000 and 2013. Tip-over accidents commonly result in head injuries, lacerations, fractures, internal organ injuries, and death. For young children, these are very serious accidents that can occur in just moments.
Holding Furniture Manufacturers Accountable for Tip-Over Injuries and Deaths
If your child has been injured or killed by a piece of furniture, the furniture manufacturer could be liable. The makers of children's furniture have a duty to ensure their products are safe for their intended use. When furniture presents an unreasonable tipping risk, it can provide grounds for a product liability lawsuit. Contact a product liability attorney at Montlick & Associates as soon as possible following your incident in order to find out if you have a viable claim. Potential damages stemming from a defective product case include medical expenses, pain and suffering, and more.
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