IKEA Loses Product Liability Lawsuit Over Defective Furniture
In January 2020, the parents of a toddler who died after he was killed by an IKEA dresser that fell on him were awarded $46 million in damages. This is believed to be the largest awarded settlement in the death of a child. The lawsuit was filed in 2018 after the dresser fell on top of their son, crushing his neck and resulting in his death from suffocation. An earlier recall of IKEA furniture that did not meet U.S. standards had resulted in other fatalities and injuries. Consumer advocates said that company actions to warn consumers and to prevent further injuries and deaths were not enough.