Ikea has once again issued a major recall for furniture over the possibility of tip-over risks. The popular furniture company has been plagued with this problem for years now and has even had to pay out massive settlements to families of victims of children killed due to furniture tip-overs. Here, skilled San Diego product liability lawyer Edward “Skip” Babbitt wants to discuss this case and what you can do if a defective product has caused you or your family harm.
A new recall highlights past failures
In early March 2020, Ikea announced that it was recalling more than 800,000 of their Kullen three-drawer chests because there was a possibility they could tip-over and crush children. If it seems like you have read a similar story before, that is because you have. Ikea has been at the center of the furniture tip-over stories for years now.
Earlier in 2020, Ikea agreed to pay a $46 million settlement to the parents of Jozef Dudek, a boy who died in 2017 after an Ikea dresser tipped over and fell onto him. In 2016, Ikea settled for $50 million with three different families for similar issues.
According to USA Today, Ikea’s dressers have killed six children due to tip-over events. Over the last 10 years, the retail company has recalled millions of dressers and settled for nearly $100 million to grieving families.
However, USA Today points out that Ikea continued to sell the Kullen dresser last year even after they knew it did not meet safety standards. The now-recalled dresser became non-compliant in mid-August, but it took 16 weeks for the company to take the dresser off the market. It then took another few months before they issued a recall.
Janet McGee, the parent of a child killed by an Ikea dresser tip-over in 2016, says that the company could have taken the dresser off the market in a day by removing it from their website in sending an email to store managers. Instead, McGee says that the company put more children at risk.
On average, a child is killed every two weeks due to a furniture tip-over event. While just about every dresser has a potential to tip-over, Ikea’s dressers have proven to be particularly dangerous.
We can help you get through this
If you or somebody you care about has been injured or become ill due to a faulty product, you should seek assistance from an attorney as soon as possible. You can count on Edward “Skip” Babbitt to stand by your side and investigate what happened. Skip will work diligently to secure any compensation you may be entitled to, which could include:
- Coverage of medical expenses related to the incident
- Recovery of lost wages if you cannot work
- Pain and suffering damages
- Loss of enjoyment of life damages
- Possible punitive damages against the manufacturer or company