Boy Is The Eighth Child To Be Killed By Ikea Dresser

An eighth child has been killed after an Ikea dresser that was recalled last year toppled over and crushed him.

Jozef Dudek, two, was killed when a three-drawer Malm dresser fell on him in the bedroom of his California home when his parents put him down for a nap in May.

The boy was in his bedroom alone when the accident happened and was found trapped under the dresser by his father.

He is the eighth child who has died from an incident involving an Ikea dresser and the fourth killed specifically by the Malm product.

Ikea dresser kills child

Jozef Dudek, two, was killed when a three-drawer Malm dresser fell on him in the bedroom of his California home when his parents put him down for a nap in May

Jozef is believed to be the first confirmed death since Ikea recalled the dresser last year.

News of Jozef’s tragic death only came to light this week after the Dudek’s family attorney spoke out saying they were ‘absolutely distraught’ over what happened.

Their attorney Daniel Mann, of Philadelphia’s Feldman Shepherd law firm, told The Inquirer that Jozef’s parents did not know the Malm dresser had been recalled.

‘Jozef’s tragic death was completely avoidable,’ Mann said.

‘What makes this death more heartbreaking is the fact that last year’s so-called recall was poorly publicized by Ikea and ineffective in getting these defective and unstable dressers out of children’s bedrooms across the country.’

The attorney declined to give further details about the boy’s death but said his family plan on suing Ikea.

Ikea, as well as the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, have confirmed they are aware of Jozef’s death in relation to the Malm product.

The safety agency said it was investigating.

Ikea dresser kills child

He is the eighth child who has died from an incident involving an Ikea dresser and the fourth killed specifically by the Malm product (pictured above)

Ikea dresser kills child

Ted McGee (pictured left with mom Janet) and Curran Collas (right with mom Jackie) were both killed in 2012 and 2014 respectively when they were crushed by Ikea dressers

Ikea dresser kills child

Ikea recalled a total of 29 million items sold in the US last year after the products failed industry safety tests because they could fall over when unattached to a wall

Mann’s firm has already represented three families of toddlers who were killed when the now-recalled dressers fell on them.

Ikea settled with the families for $50 million last year.

Ted McGee of Minnesota, Curran COllas of Pennsylvania, and Camden Ellis of Washington died between 2012 and 2014.

All three families divided the $50million settlement equally between them.

A two -year-old boy from Woodbridge, Virginia, also died in September 2011, while toddlers also died in 1989, 2002 and 2007 in similar incidents.

Ikea recalled a total of 29 million items sold in the US last year after the products failed industry safety tests because they could fall over when unattached to a wall.

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