IKEA agrees to $50
million settlement in dresser tip-over case-law firm
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[December 22, 2016]
STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - IKEA
has agreed to pay a total $50 million to three families
in the United States whose children died when the budget
furniture group's dresser MALM tipped over them, lawyers
representing the families said.
The IKEA logo is seen outside IKEA Concept Center, a
furniture store and headquarters of the IKEA brand owner
Inter IKEA, in Delft, the Netherlands March 16, 2016.
REUTERS/Yves Herman/File Photo
families were represented by Feldman Shepherd Wohlgelernter
Tanner Weinstock & Dodig LLP which said in a statement the
Swedish retailer had also agreed to donate funds to children's
hospitals as part of the settlement.
IKEA confirmed a tentative settlement had been reached in an
e-mailed statement to Reuters, but declined to comment further
as the settlement had yet to be approved by court.
Two U.S. toddlers died in separate 2014 incidents when MALM
dressers fell on them. A 22-month-old boy was killed this year
in a similar incident, which occurred after IKEA had announced a
repair program including a free wall-anchoring kit.
In June, IKEA recalled about 8 million MALM chests and dressers
and 21 million other models of chests and dressers in the United
States. About 6.6 million were recalled in Canada.
(Reporting by Johannes Hellstrom; Editing by Alistair Scrutton)
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