Unstable IKEA Dressers Cause Two Children’s Deaths

Dangerous products are often recalled in time to prevent consumer injuries and deaths. In the most unfortunate of cases, serious injuries or deaths are the occurrences that alert manufacturers to hazardous product defects. On July 22, 2015, for example, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced that IKEA North America, of Conshohocken, PA (IKEA) is offering free “repairs” of 27 million chests-and-drawers after two children died when unstable chests fell on them. The do-it-yourself repair kit that will be sent to purchasers of MALM 3- and 4-drawer chests, two styles of MALM 6-drawer chests, and certain other chests and dressers includes a free wall-anchoring mechanism to secure the dressers to consumers’ walls. While this is being labeled a “repair program” rather than a recall, parents need to be aware that the danger posed to small children by the dressers’ tipping defect is serious, indeed. Parents should stop using the chests until they can be secured.

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Who Can Be Held Liable for Children’s Injuries or Deaths Caused by Defective Products?

The IKEA chests subject to this repair program have allegedly caused the deaths of at least two children. According to the CPSC, IKEA received reports of three additional deaths due to chest tip-overs, since 1989. Does IKEA’s knowledge of these accidents render the manufacturer liable for these children’s deaths?

Products-liability law may hold manufacturers and others involved in defective products’ production and distribution liable for injuries and deaths found to have been caused by products’ defects. If a product designer or manufacturer is found to have been negligent in designing or producing a defective product, for instance, these entities may be found liable in a products-liability negligence action for injuries or deaths determined to have been caused by the product’s defect. In negligence cases, the plaintiff’s behavior may be taken into account in establishing liability and damages.

These actions may also be brought as strict-liability claims. In strict-liability cases, entities involved in defective products’ production and distribution may be held responsible for injuries caused by products’ defects even if none of the defendants was negligent in producing or distributing the defective products. Thus, while IKEA’s knowledge of a dresser’s tipping defect may be considered in determining its liability in a negligence action, such knowledge would not be required to establish IKEA’s liability in a strict-liability action.

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