Most people have had the experience of reaching for an object and watching the entire pile crumble on top of them. Unfortunately, sometimes the falling objects are heavy enough to cause traumatic injuries. Such is the case with the popular furniture manufacturer IKEA. Many people, particularly college students, rely on the easy-assembly and budget-friendly furniture to furnish their bedrooms, living rooms, and kitchens; however, people who pay for their furniture also expect a certain degree of safety and reliability. When the furniture doesn’t meet these standards, disaster can strike.
Three Children Tragically Lost due to Faulty Furniture Manufacturing
Recently, three families filed a lawsuit against IKEA due to faulty furniture manufacturing. The families filed a lawsuit regarding the ubiquitous IKEA dressers when their dressers tipped over. Unfortunately, there were children underneath the dressers who were crushed and three children lost their lives. After the third child was killed over the summer, IKEA decided to recall close to 30 million dressers. IKEA also announced it would stop selling the entire line of products to ensure that the products were meeting proper safety standards. It turns out that IKEA was aware of the tipping problem prior to the recall because they were pushing customers to contact the company to receive a free repair kit. This kit was supposed to be used to anchor the dressers to prevent them from tipping over. For comparison, IKEA recalled close to 30 million dressers but had only issued around 300,000 safety kits.
A Multifaceted Lawsuit
The lawsuit is going to be costly to the furniture company’s bottom line, coming in at $50 million; however, the financial settlement is not going to be able to replace the lives of the children who were tragically lost. In addition to the settlement, IKEA is going to donate large sums of money to various children’s hospitals around the country and a charity that focuses on preventing children’s deaths due to furniture tipping. This funding should help to make a difference in millions of lives all over the country. The lawsuit sends a powerful message to the entire furniture industry that deaths due to faulty furniture tipping over is not acceptable. It is the hope that this lawsuit sets a strong example to prevent further injuries.
Awareness is the Key
It is important that families understand that furniture tip-over injuries are more common than most people know. In fact, unsecured furniture leads to the death of dozens of children per year. Serious injuries are even more common, leading to tens of thousands of hospital visits annually. It is important that furniture companies build their products to meet the proper safety standards set by the regulatory commissions in the United States. Furthermore, parents need to understand the danger of unsecured furniture can present in the home, especially when young children are present. Children should never be injured, let alone killed, by furniture that tips over.
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