Swedish home furnishings retailer IKEA has agreed to pay a total of US$50 million to three families in the United States whose children died when the company’s dresser MALM tipped over them, lawyers representing the families said.
The families were represented by Feldman Shepherd Wohlgelernter Tanner Weinstock & Dodig LLP which said in a statement IKEA had also agreed to donate funds to children’s hospitals as part of the settlement, Reuters reports.
IKEA confirmed a tentative settlement had been reached in an emailed statement to the news agency, but declined to comment further as the settlement had yet to be approved by court.
Two US 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.
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