Ikea, the Swedish home retail giant, has agreed to pay $50 million to 3 families whose children were killed after being crushed by toppled dressers. To these families, money will never be able to replace what they have lost, but the settlement is expected to send a strong message to legislators and furniture manufacturers that parents are demanding better quality, safer furniture.
An Unsettling Statistic
According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, a child dies once every 2 weeks from falling furniture or televisions. While there is no federal law requiring specific safety measures be followed in furniture production, there are voluntary national safety standards that manufacturers should follow. According to the lawsuit filed by the victims’ families, Ikea consistently refused to meet those standards and their negligence directly resulted in the death of 3 children, each 2 years old.
In light of the lawsuit and news that other children had been killed by their furniture, Ikea recalled 29 million dressers in June. Lawmakers and consumer advocates are satisfied with the settlement, but Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota warns that “until we have effective standards in place, kids will continue to be at risk of injuries and death.”
While we can only hope that legislation mandating safer furniture manufacturing will soon be enacted, just this week a recent video of a toddler pinned underneath an overturned Ikea dresser was viewed over 12 million times, proving that our children are still vulnerable to injuries caused by these hidden dangers.
If your child has been injured by falling furniture, the personal injury lawyers at Levin & Perconti are here for you. Call one of our personal injury lawyers today at (312) 332-2872 or toll free (877) 374-1417 to schedule a FREE consultation.