Toddler killed after recalled IKEA dresser crushes him
23 October, 2017, 04:07 | Author: Regina Lloyd
Two-year-old Jozef Dudek of California was killed when a three-drawer Ikea dresser tipped over and crushed him during naptime.
'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'.
"When the father entered the room of the child who had been put down for a nap, he found him underneath the dresser", Feldman told the Daily News.
A child is killed every two weeks by furniture or appliances that fall on him or her, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, which is investigating Jozef's death, NPR reported.
Some of the dressers sold date back to over a decade, making it hard to know how many are still in use.
Feldman added, "It has always been our view that furniture stability should be built into a dresser and anchoring should be a secondary method of securing furniture".
His colleague Alan Feldman said that Jozef's death was "completely avoidable", adding that IKEA's recall effort was poorly executed as it was not publicized properly.
Daniel J. Mann, the family's lawyer, said the family is "absolutely distraught" by the accident, ABC News reports. The parents of little Jozef Dudek indicate that they have not had knowledge of the risk that could represent the piece of furniture with three drawers. "But it should be made safe by design initially", Feldman said.
Ikea offered sympathies to the group of the kid who was murdered. Those who choose to keep the dresser can request that IKEA install a free wall anchoring kit, or they can install it on their own.
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The company aded that it went to "great lengths to get the word out" about recalling the futniture, including a national advertising campaign, millions of emails to consumers and information "posted prominently" in stores.
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. Lawmakers, however, proposed a bill that would aid in making safety standards for free-standing dresser units mandatory for manufacturers in June 2016.
Ikea, pictured March 27, 2013 in southern France, has comes under fire following a tipping dresser that has killed multiple children.
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