In the largest wrongful death settlement related to one child in US history, furniture mega-giant Ikea has agreed to pay a California family $46 million in damages. The family’s two year old son tragically died when an Ikea Malm dresser tipped over onto the toddler’s neck. The toddler suffocated and died from his injuries in May 2017.
Sadly, this is not the first time Ikea has settled with families whose children were killed by the Malm dresser from the Swedish furniture company. In 2016, three additional families received a total of $50 million from Ikea after the same Malm dresser killed three other children. The families in 2016 and in today’s settlement are represented by Feldman Shepherd.
Tip-overs involving furniture and TVs kill and cause injury to scores of American children each year. In fact, data from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that in this country, a child dies every 11 days when a TV or piece of furniture falls on them. As part of the recent settlement, Ikea has agreed to meet with Parents Against Tip-Overs, an advocacy and educational group dedicated to preventing tip-over accidents and deaths.
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