Injured at Ikea? What to Do Next
If you have been injured at Ikea, you should know that there are a few things you can do. These steps will help you to receive compensation for your injuries.
Recall of Malm line of dressers
Ikea has issued a recall on 29 million Malm chests and dressers because they could tip over and injure children. The company has received 186 reports of incidents with Malm furniture. In total, 91 incidents involved injuries to children, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Ikea’s Malm line includes chests and dressers for both adults and children. Since 1985, Ikea has sold these furniture pieces, which cost between $70 and $200 each. However, the CPSC found that Malm chests and dressers were not designed to be free-standing.
Since 1989, eight children have died in connection with the Malm line. Ikea redesigned the Malm line to better comply with safety standards. They also offered free wall-anchoring kits to customers.
After four deaths, Ikea recalled the Malm line of chests and dressers in 2016. Following this recall, Ikea redesigned the Malm line of chests and dressers to be more stable.
A boy in California died when his Malm chest was tipped over. He was trapped underneath the chest, according to a statement from Ikea. The statement said it was unclear whether the chest was adequately secured to the wall.
Ikea has offered full refunds to owners of the recalled furniture. Additionally, it has provided free wall-anchoring kits to millions of customers.
The company has been in contact with 13 million consumers. The company has promised to expand its outreach to consumers. IKEA has also committed to meeting with advocacy groups such as Parents Against Tip-overs to address the issue of tip-overs.
Ikea has offered a full refund to anyone who bought a Malm dresser that was recalled. For those who purchased Malm furniture before the recall, Ikea has offered a partial refund.
Storage rooms are full of hazards
If you have been injured at Ikea, you may be eligible to make a claim. But do you know what you need to do?
First, you need to find out what prompted the accident. It would help if you got your doctor to write a report. This can help you later. It’s also a good idea to take pictures of the scene of the incident.
It would help if you also asked co-workers for their input. Lastly, talk to an attorney. A good premises liability lawyer will have the resources to hold a larger company accountable for its misdeeds.
The best part is that it doesn’t cost a dime. Ikea is offering free anchoring kits to customers. However, you need to ensure the racking is sturdy enough to support the weight of the stock. Also, remember the floors. They can be damaged easily.
While you’re at it, consider the safety of your kids. There have been numerous accidents involving children at IKEA. One such incident claimed the life of an infant.
The most important thing to remember is that you need to do your part. Make sure you follow the instructions on the packaging and check your floors for signs of damage. Keep an eye out for trailing wires.
Finally, feel free to get medical help. For your protection, keep the relevant packaging for your items. It might be wise to carry a small first aid kit with you.
Whether you’ve been hurt in an accident at an Ikea store, home, or elsewhere, remember to do the proper thing. Take pictures, document the incident, and ask forassistance from the right people.
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A settlement with a toddler killed by a dresser
Ikea has settled with the family of a toddler who died in a dresser tip-over accident in May 2017. The boy was two years old, and his parents alleged that Ikea knew the dresser was unsafe but did not take action to protect the children.
The dresser fell on Jozef Dudek, causing him to suffocate. His parents say they never heard of the recall on the dresser. However, Ikea acknowledged the risk and acknowledged that the dresser should have been fixed to a wall.
In June 2016, Ikea issued a recall for millions of dressers. The company said its products did not meet the safety requirements of the U.S. voluntary industry standard.
Ikea acknowledged the risks and offered consumers education, free anchoring repair kits, and a full chest refund. Ikea also announced a new line of furniture designed to prevent child deaths.
As part of the Ikea settlement, the company agreed to meet with an advocacy group, Parents Against Tip-Overs, to discuss the dresser’s stability. It will also donate $1 million to three consumer advocacy groups.
Ikea will also fund a program called “Secure It,” promoting awareness about tip-overs risks. In addition, the company will contribute money to children’s hospitals.
Ikea has also agreed to pay $46 million to the parents of a toddler killed in a dresser tip-over accident in 2017. It’s believed to be the largest wrongful death settlement in U.S. history.
In the wake of the deaths of several children, Ikeas has recalled a total of 35 million chests and dressers. Ikea also offered full refunds for 17.3 million chests in 2016 and free anchoring repair kits for 17.3 million chests.