Recent Ikea Tipover CasesLitigation against Ikea goes back to 2005, and will continue for as long as their furniture fails to meet government standards. Many Ikea tipover accidents are severe, but these are four who helped build a strong case for other injured customers.
Katie LambertTwo-year-old Katie Lambert of Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania, was crushed to death by a 200-pound wardrobe made by Ikea, which killed her instantly. The lawsuit was filed in 2007; the Lambert family won a $2.3 million wrongful death lawsuit against Ikea in 2008.
Camden EllisCamden Ellis, two, of Snohomish, Washington, was killed after a three-drawer MALM dresser pinned him, crushing him to death. His family filed a lawsuit against Ikea, which was combined with Katie and Curren's lawsuits to reach one settlement that was shared three ways.
Curren CollasCurren Collas, two, of West Chester, Pennsylvania, was killed when a 136-pound MALM dresser crushed him to death. The tipover was caused by Curran climbing onto the dresser. A wrongful death claim was filed against Ikea because the dresser failed to address how to secure the dresser to a wall, and lacked materials to do so.
Teddy McGeeA tall, six-drawer Ikea dresser collapsed onto two-year-old Ted McGee of Apple Valley, Minnesota, killing him. Ted's family filed a lawsuit against Ikea, which has been sued numerous times for manufacturing unsafe furniture. On December 22, 2016, Ikea reached a settlement with the families of Curren Collas, Camden Ellis, and Ted McGee for a reported $50 million, which is no substitute for the lives these families must live without their loved ones by their side. Ikea began offering wall-mounting kits to customers after these incidents, encouraging customers to secure their furniture to walls to stabilize them.
Why Has Ikea Recalled Its MALM Line of Dressers?In Dudek v. Ikea, the MALM three-drawer chest or dresser manufactured of particle board and weighing approximately 70 pounds, fell and killed Jozef Dudek. Because the Ikea defendants knew that the MALM line would not meet minimum stability demands for tip-over prevention per industry standards, they deliberately, knowingly, and recklessly decided to exclude the MALM line from testing for compliance with those standards as well as for compliance with the Ikea defendants' own in-house tip-over requirements. The case settled for a reported $46 million, with Ikea donating an additional $150,000 to select children's hospitals. At least eight children may have died due to dressers that the Swedish furniture giant has recalled, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Daniel Mann, a lawyer for the Dudek family, said that millions of the recalled dressers may still be in use. The recalled dressers pose a risk of tipping over if they are not secured to the wall. Ikea has previously said that the products were not designed to be free-standing.
How Do I Know If I Have an Ikea Furniture Tip-Over Case?If you purchase a MALM line dresser, or any Ikea dresser, and you or your child were injured or killed due to improper construction or another issue, you may be entitled to compensation. Claims brought against any furniture manufacturer must include any combination of:
- A duty to care;
- Injury or death; and
- A direct connection between an injury or death, and a product such as furniture.