IKEA sold dressers that were too front-heavy, making them unstable and prone to toppling, posing injury and death risks to young children, but its recall efforts have been “feeble,” with few buyers ever becoming aware of the recall, a proposed class action against the company claims.
Diana and John Dukich filed the lawsuit citing the company’s recall in 2016 and 2017 that affected about 29 million of its Malm model dressers as well as dozens of other models. The recall was initiated due to reports of six child deaths and about 30 injuries that occurred when the dressers tipped over and trapped children underneath.
IKEA was hit with several wrongful death lawsuits. In 2016, the company paid nearly $100 million to settle with four families whose young children died after being pinned under fallen dressers, including $46 million for one of the families.
The Dukiches argue that IKEA knew since 2000 that its dressers failed to meet tip-over standards, and that the company surely would have known there was a problem with the dressers by 2015 when it started receiving reports of injuries and deaths.
“Nevertheless, IKEA continued to sell the defective chests and dressers,” the complaint states. Later, IKEA made only feeble attempts to notify families of the dresser recall, and instead of providing cash refunds, as promised, many consumers received IKEA gift cards instead.
The Dukiches claim that IKEA violated the Pennsylvania Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law and are seeking to represent a class of consumers who bought dressers from the company.
The consumers are represented by Alan M. Feldman, Daniel J. Mann and Edward S. Goldis of Feldman Shepherd Wohlgelernter Tanner Weinstock Dodig LLP and James A. Francis and John Soumilas of Francis Mailman Soumilas PC.