IKEA to pay family £35m after two-year-old killed by chest of drawers

IKEA has agreed to pay $46m (£35m) to the parents of a two-year-old boy who died from injuries he suffered when a chest of drawers tipped on to him.

Jozef Dudek, from Buena Park in California, died in 2017 after a 32kg (70Ibs) Malm dresser toppled over.

In a lawsuit brought in Philadelphia the year after Jozef died, his parents accused the Swedish furniture company of knowing the item posed a hazard, and of failing to warn customers to attach it to a wall.

MALM chest of drawers
Image:Jozef Dudek died of injuries sustained when a Malm chest of drawers fell on him

The dresser was recalled in 2016, the lawsuit said.

IKEA offered its “deepest condolences” to the family.

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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