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Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Friday, January 10, 2020

Ikea Reaches $46 Million Settlement Over Death Of Toddler Killed By Dresser Tip-Over

From NPR 

Ikea has agreed to pay $46 million to a California family whose 2-year-old son, Jozef Dudek, was killed when an unsecured Ikea dresser fell on top of him. The family's lawyers say the dresser model was "inherently unstable."

At least eight children are believed to have been killed by dressers that the Swedish furniture giant has recalled, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Daniel Mann, a lawyer for the Dudek family, said that millions of the recalled dressers may still be in use.

The recalled dressers pose a risk of tipping over if they are not secured to the wall. Ikea has previously said that the products were not designed to be free-standing.

Joleen and Craig Dudek, Jozef's parents, say that they are "telling our story because we do not want this to happen to another family."

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