Two major recalls have been issued involving products made by Swedish company IKEA, a leading global home furnishings provider with more than 300 stores globally.
These recalls could prompt a flood of product liability lawsuits against the company, particularly given the fact that at least one has led to multiple child deaths.
The first involves more 29 million chests and dressers sold in the U.S. and another 7 million sold in Canada. The children’s chests and dressers involved in the recall are higher than 23.5 inches, while the adult chests and dressers are higher than 29.5 inches. The problem is these furniture pieces aren’t stable if they aren’t properly anchored to the wall, which could result in a major tip-over and entrapment hazard that poses a high risk of serious injury or death to children. Tragically, that’s exactly what’s happened, at least three times that we know of.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the first known incident occurred in February 2014, when a 2-year-old Pennsylvania boy died after a 6-drawer IKEA dresser tipped offer and trapped him against his own bed. Then in June that same year, a nearly-2-year-old boy in Washington state died after he was trapped by a 3-drawer IKEA chest that had tipped over. Continue reading