Does Your Home Contain Recalled IKEA Dressers?

Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 20-Nov-2017

Recalled IKEA dressers that are linked to the deaths of multiple children can still be found in millions of homes across the country. In 2016, roughly 30 million IKEA dressers were covered by the recall. During 2015, IKEA launched a repair program for 27 million of these dressers, including almost seven million from its popular MALM line. The dressers were believed to be responsible for two fatal tip-over accidents at the time the repair program was launched. It is now believed the recalled dressers are responsible for eight deaths.

We published a blog several months ago discussing how the recall for IKEA dressers has fallen short. According to an article published by the Philadelphia Inquirer, only 3 percent of the recalled dressers were ever returned or repaired. Parents of children who were killed in tip-over accidents caused by these dressers may have never received notice of the recall.

In May, a 2-year-old was found dead by his parents shortly after being put to bed for a nap. Shortly afterwards, he was discovered by his parents. According to the parents, they plan to file a lawsuit against IKEA for the death.

Why Were IKEA Dressers Recalled?

IKEA’s dressers were recalled because they can tip-over if they are not anchored to the wall. Children can suffocate or suffer blunt force trauma after being caught under these pieces of furniture. It is important to note that it is not the parent’s responsibility to anchor these dressers to the wall. There are US industry standards that should prevent tip-over hazards from ever occurring. IKEA’s own website even acknowledges that the dressers do not meet these standards. You can learn more about these standards from the American Home Furnishings Alliance (also known as AHFA).

In 2016, IKEA settled with the families of three deceased children for $50 million. Future tip-over accidents involving these dressers could lead to additional lawsuits. Manufacturers and retailers are legally obligated to ensure their products are safe for the public.

The Washington DC product liability lawyers at Regan Zambri Long, PLLC have a proven record of helping families who have been harmed by defective products.

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