The parents of three toddlers who died after Ikea dressers fell on them will equally divide a $50 million settlement, lawyers for the families announced Wednesday.
The settlement comes six months after the deaths of these toddlers, and a few others prompted Ikea to recall 29 million units, acknowledging the dressers were a serious risk.
The lawsuits claimed the Ikea dressers were “defective and dangerous,” and that Ikea continued to sell them despite knowing the risk, and without properly warning consumers.
The families in the suit argued that Ikea knew about the danger the Malm dressers posed, to which Ikea countered, saying the families were at fault for not securing the dressers with wall anchors as the instructions indicated.
“Ted’s death was completely preventable,” Janet McGee of Apple Valley, Minnesota, whose 22-month-old son Theodore died last February when a Malm dresser fell on him, said in a statement. “We would never want other parents to have to experience what we have been forced to endure. This has been a tragic, heartbreaking season for us and our family, and no amount of money will make up for the loss of our sweet little boy.”
Also involved in the wrongful-death suit is the parents of Curren Collas, a 2-year-old from West Chester, Pennsylvania, and Camden Ellis, a 2-year-old from Snohomish, Washington. Both of these children died in 2014.
As part of the settlement, Ikea also agreed to pay $50,000 to three children’s hospitals in the names of the victims.
Since 1989, seven deaths have been linked to the unstable Ikea dressers.
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