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Products liability suits could be in Ikea's future

Decorating and furnishing a child's room is often a great source of joy for Georgia parents. Many put a great deal of time and effort into finding the right pieces that complete the aesthetic for which they are looking. Tragically, some parents are mourning the loss of children from dangerous furniture that was hiding in their rooms, and the furniture-maker Ikea could soon be facing products liability suits.

In May 2017, a 2-year-old child was killed after an Ikea chest of drawers tipped over and trapped the young child. This is the eighth child's death attributed to unanchored dressers and chests from Ikea. In Feb. 2017, a 22-month-old boy died when his dresser fell on top of him, and another 2-year-old child was killed when his dresser fell and trapped him against his own bed.

At least 91 children have been injured by just one of Ikea's dressers -- the Malm the chest -- and the company has received nearly 190 reports of it falling. Other product lines have caused 53 reported injuries and another 113 incidents of tipping. However, these numbers only account for reports that have been made to Ikea, and do not take into account injuries and accidents that may have gone unreported.

Ikea has since issued its second recall of the Malm dresser and furniture line, but the company has apparently not been entirely successful in ensuring that all of its Georgia customers are aware of the dangers. When a company fails to protect consumers from dangerous products, victims can take legal action. Although products liability lawsuits cannot replace the life of a lost loved one or erase lifelong injuries, the resulting compensation from successfully pursued claims can ease the financial burden that often accompanies such tragedies.

Source: Business Insider, "Ikea recalls millions of dressers again, following the eighth report of a toddler being killed by a piece of its furniture", Kate Taylor, Nov. 21, 2017

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