If you follow the news or have managed to catch one of IKEA’s commercials
in the past several months, you may be aware that the Swedish furniture
manufacturer has faced complaints and lawsuits regarding some of their
chests and dressers that were designed in a way where they could be easily
tipped over. In fact, in June of last year, IKEA recalled close to 30
million chests and dressers sold in the United States, including 8 million
The recall and stories from victims who were affected by IKEA chests and
dressers quickly spread, highlighting the fact that product manufacturers
have a responsibility to ensure their products are safe and do not pose
unreasonable hazards to the consumers who use them. Following the recall
and publicity, IKEA settled a lawsuit with 3 families whose children were
killed by IKEA chests and dressers for $50 million. At least 3 other child
deaths were reported, and the exact number of injuries is unknown.
To help you gain a better understanding of the lawsuit and how it relates
to personal injury law, our legal team at Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney
at Law has put together a few key points you should know.
The recent settlement – The recent $50 million settlement in December was reached between
IKEA and 3 separate families who each lost a child as a result of tip
overs involving the manufacturer’s chests and dressers. According
to the lawsuit, the victims claimed that the furniture was defectively
designed, which made them inherently unstable and prone to being tipped
over. It also alleged that IKEA continually refused to comply with voluntary
national safety standards that ensure the stability of furniture.
Other cases – In addition to the recently settled case, there have been three
other child deaths linked to IKEA chests and dressers. The exact numbers
of injuries are unknown, but the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
reports that among the many injuries and deaths reported annually as a
result of furniture tip over accidents, there are likely many caused by
the recalled IKEA chests and dresses. These types of furniture tip over
accidents commonly injure or kill young children, though they can affect
people of any age, including the elderly.
Product liability – The IKEA tip over lawsuit falls under
product liability, an area of law that holds product manufacturers, as well as distributors
and retailers, accountable when their products are unsafe and cause preventable
injuries or deaths. Victims injured by products have the right to pursue
compensation for their losses by filing product liability claims that
may allege a product was defectively designed, manufactured, and / or
marketed to the public.
Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law has extensive experience protecting
the rights of victims and families who were harmed in preventable accidents,
including those involving unsafe and defective products. If you or your
loved one have questions about the IKEA tip over lawsuit or any other
defective product that caused you harm,
contact us today for a free consultation.