Two removed Ikea dressers are displayed during a Consumer Product Safety Commission news discussion during a in Washington, D.C., in 2016. Since a remember was announced, during slightest one some-more toddler has been dejected to genocide by a descending dresser.
Another toddler has reportedly been dejected to genocide by an unsecured Ikea dresser, after a seat hulk removed millions of chests and dressers over a risk of lethal tip-over accidents.
Jozef Dudek, 2, died in May, according to lawyers for his family, when he was dejected by an Ikea Malm dresser in his parents’ room after he was put down for a nap.
In a recall, that began final June, Ikea offers full or prejudiced refunds as good as providing giveaway wall-anchoring kits to make a seat protected to use. The pierce came after mixed toddlers were killed in identical tip-over accidents.
But Jozef Dudek’s relatives weren’t wakeful that their Malm dresser had been recalled, Daniel Mann, who’s representing a family, tells NPR.
In a statement, Mann’s co-worker Alan Feldman called Jozef’s genocide “completely avoidable” and criticized Ikea’s remember bid as “poorly publicized … and ineffective.”
In a statement, Ikea pronounced it is wakeful of a collision and extends a “sincere condolences” to a family. The association says they went to “great lengths to get a word out” about a recall, including a inhabitant promotion campaign, millions of emails to consumers and information “posted prominently” in stores.
Last June, Ikea pronounced that 29 million dressers in a U.S. were lonesome by a recall. The association has not identified how many dressers have given been returned or how many wall-mounting kits have been claimed.
The Philadelphia Inquirer, that has extensively investigated tip-over deaths, reports that in a initial 6 months of a remember about 882,500 dressers were returned or “repaired” — representing 3 percent of a removed items. More new numbers are not available, a paper says.
Ikea hurdles a correctness of any percentages, observant that a influenced dressers have been sole “going behind decades,” that “it’s unfit to know how many of those units are still in use” and that some users competence have trustworthy a section to a wall but participating in a recall.
As NPR formerly reported, a removed chests and dressers — as good as identical equipment of seat — can be pulled over by a child, with potentially lethal consequences:
“When mixed drawers are opened, or if a child opens drawers and attempts to stand on them, even dressers that seem too complicated for a child to pierce can become vulnerable to tipping. (Seemingly fast televisions can pose a identical hazard.)
“In 2014, dual children, both around 2 years old, died in tip-over accidents involving Ikea’s Malm dressers. The subsequent year, a company launched a program offering giveaway wall-mounting kits to consumers and enlivening them to insert dressers to a wall.
“But in Feb , a third child, a 22-month-old child in Minnesota, died after a Malm chest fell on tip of him.
“His family was renting their apartment, the Star Tribune reports, and were not authorised to put holes in their walls, as Ikea’s wall-mounting kits require.”
“IKEA urges all consumers to firmly insert chests to a wall with a hardware enclosed in each IKEA chest of drawers package,” a association says in a newest statement. “Wall connection is a required partial of a public instructions, that contingency not be overlooked. If it is unfit for units to be trustworthy to a wall, consumers should select a opposite storage solution.”
The Consumer Product Safety Commission says it is questioning a genocide of Josef Dudek. Dudek would be a 8 toddler famous to have died in an Ikea dresser tip-over, according to a CPSC and a Philly Inquirer.
“We titillate people who have IKEA dressers lonesome by a remember to take advantage of a remedies provided,” a organisation says.
Meanwhile, a organisation of consumer reserve advocacy groups — including a American Academy of Pediatrics and a Consumer Federation of America — have released a corner matter criticizing Ikea for compelling wall-mounting instead of propelling owners to lapse their dressers.
“Unfortunately, a communication efforts focused on anchoring a lethal dresser to a wall are not adequate on their own. Anchoring inclination are meant as a second covering of insurance for fast dressers – not as a deputy for creation fast dressers in a initial place,” a groups write.
Safety standards for dressers are now voluntary. Last year, some lawmakers introduced a check to call for imperative reserve standards, that died in committee.