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3 Toddlers Killed by Unsafe IKEA Dressers; Lawsuit Settled

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January 18, 2017

Ikea recently settled three wrongful death claims for $50 million, in which three toddlers were killed by IKEA furniture tip-overs.  IKEA recalled the 29 million chests and dressers this last June, which, due to an unsafe design, made them inherently unstable and easily tipped over.  The lawsuits further contended that IKEA had consistently refused to meet voluntary national safety standards.

Feldman Shepherd Wohlgelernter Tanner Weinstock Dodig LLP, a Philadelphia firm, represented the families of three toddlers.

  • Curren Collas, age 2, was crushed to death by the tip-over of a six-drawer MALM dresser in the bedroom of his home in West Chester, Pennsylvania.
  • Camden Ellis was the victim of the tip-over of a three-drawer  MALM dresser in the bedroom of his home in Snohomish, Washington.  Despite intensive efforts to save him, life support was discontinued on June 15, 2014, a few days after Camden’s second birthday.
  • Ted McGee was asphyxiated when a six-drawer MALM dresser toppled over on him in his bedroom in Apple Valley, Minnesota.  Like the other boys, Ted was just 2 years of age.

What happened to these children is such a horrible tragedy, and one that could have easily been avoided. Lawsuits like the one filed here are so important, as they force large, multi-national corporations like IKEA to be held responsible for their mistakes and to hopefully encourage them to not put future children at risk through improper furniture design.

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