In May of 2017, another small child was crushed to death in California after an Ikea chest of drawers fell on the toddler. Sadly, the questionably designed piece of furniture was dangerously unstable resulting in another preventable furniture tip over accident.
That death became the eighth of its kind to occur in recent times. Less than a year earlier, in late December 2016, Ikea reached a $50 million settlement based on furniture accidents involving three other children. All four of these victims were near the age of two. Surely new legislation might help put a stop to these senseless deaths.
Lawyers for the three children involved in the 2016 settlement said that they had successfully argued in their case that the faulty Ikea Malm designs created the deadly dangers for the children. Back in June of 2016, in response to these tragic events, Ikea had recalled 29 million pieces of furniture.
Additional information is set forth below about these dangers that all parents and caregivers must fully understand. After all, both young children and the disabled may not be able to move out of the way in time when unstable furniture, large TVs, stoves, bookcases and other large objects start to fall on top of them.
What Facts and Statistics Tell Us About the Dangers of Tip-Over Accidents
Which Age Groups of Children Are Most at Risk of Injury?
What Further Steps Can Lawmakers Take to Protect Children?
It would greatly help if all sellers of large pieces of furniture, TV sets and other major appliances were legally required to install them in people’s homes by using anchor kits. The U. S. Consumer Product Safety Commission could also require these same sellers to meet strictly enforced product design standards before being allowed to sell their goods.
If your child (or a disabled adult in your family) has suffered serious injuries or even died as the result of a tip-over accident, be sure to contact your New York personal injury attorney right away. We’ll fully investigate the facts of your case. We’ll then fight hard to win the maximum amount of compensation owed to cover your medical expenses, lost earnings and other related financial losses.