IKEA is recalling 29 million chests and dressers after at least three kids were killed when the furniture tipped over.
The Malm dressers are lightweight and attorney Alan Feldman who represents three families whose children died when the furniture tipped over says the recall didn’t come soon enough.
“What distinguished IKEA from other manufacturers of furniture in America is IKEA’s refusal to meet minimum standards for its furniture that other manufacturers were meeting,” Feldman said.
He is representing the family of Curren Collas of West Chester who was killed when he was two years old, crushed under one of the now recalled dressers. His mother Jackie has been trying to pressure IKEA to recall the dressers since her son’s death.
IKEA’s CEO Lars Peterson told NBC News the company will pay for a technician to anchor the furniture to a wall in people’s homes or take it back for a full refund.
“We would like to ask you as a customer to really make sure the chest of drawers are attached to a wall. if they are not please take them out of the room,” he said.
IKEA’s American headquarters is in Conshohocken had supplied those anchors before, but parents often don’t install them. Before the recall, IKEA started supplying more heavy duty anchors and mounted a publicity campaign to ensure the dressers were secured.
Feldman says the civil suit will seek to find out when the furniture seller knew the dressers were a risk.