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Published: Mon, October 23, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Eighth boy dies after Ikea dresser crushes him

Eighth boy dies after Ikea dresser crushes him

Eight children in total are known to have died when Ikea chest of drawers fell on them, with four being crushed by the brand's Malm item, which was recalled previous year. The recalled MALM chests and dressers were manufactured and sold through June 2016 and include the 3-drawer, 4-drawer, 5-drawer and 6-drawer models.

The family's legal advisor, Alan M. Feldman, said the mishap happened in May and the kid was unsupervised at the time.

Spokeswoman Mona Astra Liss said: "Our hearts go out to the affected family, and we offer our honest condolences during this most hard time".

The company also said "the initial investigation indicates that the chest involved in this incident had not been properly attached to the wall".

In 2015, after two children were crushed by IKEA drawer sets the previous year, the company recalled the dressers, which can tip over and crush children if they are not anchored to the wall.

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Ikea recalled a total of 29 million items sold in the United States a year ago after the products failed industry safety tests because they could fall over when unattached to a wall. All over the world, families trust Ikea furniture to serve its objective in their homes without causing too much strife.

The latest recall comes after Californian Jozef Dudek was crushed during his nap time yesterday.

As part of the settlement, Ikea agreed to comply with the national voluntary safety standard for clothing storage units, and to increase funding for its "Secure It" program to raise awareness around the risk of tip-overs.

On Wednesday, an american family of California has claimed to have lost his son 2 years old in the fall of a chest of drawers brand Ikea. "We can do a lot more than we're doing", Gary Smith, director of the injury research and policy center at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio told the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Ikea is still offering anchoring kits or refunds to those who have dressers on the recall list. "If a consumer is unable to bring the product back to the store, Ikea will arrange to pick it up at their home".

Mann's firm has already represented three families of toddlers who were killed when the now-recalled dressers fell on them. Consumers can re-order the kits as needed.

"Through the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), we have learned of a tragic tip-over accident which reportedly took place in May 2017 in California", Ikea wrote in a statement Thursday.

Safety experts say parents should be careful to secure any dresser or television, and to only use dressers that can remain upright even when a 50-pound weight is hung on a drawer.

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