Recently, the Swedish furniture company was forced to recall approximately 27 million units after three children died from dressers collapsing on them. On December 21st lawyers for the three families whose children were fatally pinned by falling Malm dressers got Ikea to settle for $50 million in collective pay and an additional $250,000 donation to multiple children organizations. Ultimately, the company will also have to increase the funding for a campaign that highlights the dangers of tipping furniture pieces.
According to official documents, Ikea has publicly acknowledged the tipping hazards of its Malm dressers last year, in July, after three children were crushed by the chests. In order to prevent further accidents, the furniture company offered to include free wall anchoring kits in the dressers’ package. However, multiple reports of child injuries started to fly in soon after which caused Ikea to issue a massive recall of nearly 27 million pieces in 2016.
The dead children’s families argued in court that Ikea was fully aware of the tipping dangers of the Malm dressers and did not take appropriate action to deal with the issue. At the same time, the Swedish furniture company said that the parents were at fault for not securing the chests to the walls properly.
Nevertheless, in order to avoid 75 secret internal document from going public, Ikea has agreed to settle for $50 million dollars in collective pay to the deceased’s families. According to the legal experts, Ikea has refused to turn over the documents to the families’ attorneys. One of the papers is thought to reference global tip-over incidents the company overlooked.
A father of one of the toddlers killed by Ikea’s Malm dresser said he was very pleased with the conclusion seeing that his son’s death prevented other children from dying in the future due to the aforementioned issues. At the same time, other families say that no amount of money will ever make up for the terrible experience they were forced to endure.
By agreeing to the settlement, Ikea avoided a trial and also kept the documents from going into public view. Nevertheless, according to the terms imposed by the families’ lawyers, the furniture company is prohibited from destroying the records.
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