IKEA will pay $46 million to parents of 2-year-old boy crushed by dresser

Parents of 2-year-old boy, who died three years ago, when it crushed the chest of drawers IKEA, will receive from the Swedish furniture store $46 million, said lawyers on Monday, January 6.

The attorneys believe this settlement is the largest in the history of the United States in cases such as the death of a child. The court IKEA was filed by the residents of California , jolene and Craig Dudek — parents Joseph Dudek. According to court documents, 2-year-old boy died after he was hit in the chest, breaking his neck and asking.

«We will continue to seek justice in relation to families who were victims of the dangerously unstable chests, and to provide greater support to the efforts of parents, advocates, consumers, government agencies and legislators to improve the safety design of the furniture used by children and for children,» said attorney Alan Feldman.

According to the society for the protection of the rights of consumers, in recent years IKEA dressers, in particular the MALM line, caused 10 deaths.

«We remain ready to actively and jointly work to resolve this very important issue of security. We Express our deepest condolences», — said earlier in a Swedish company.

In 2016, IKEA has offered a full refund or free repair kits for all the 17.3 million drawers or Bureau, sold in the US since 1985.

The parents of the deceased boy said that they will donate one million dollars to organizations for the protection of the rights of consumers: Kids in Danger, Consumer Reports, and Consumer Federation of America.

«We never thought a two year old child can turn the dresser, reads the joint statement of parents. Only later we learned that this dresser is unstable by design and does not meet safety standards and that this has happened to other little boys».

A similar tragedy occurred earlier in Pennsylvania, Minnesota and Washington.

Death by tipping furniture happens more often than you might think. According to the Commission on product safety, every 24 minutes in the world a person is injured or dies when a piece of furniture or a television falls over.