The company recalled more than 29 million of its popular Malm dresser styles in 2016 after six children were killed and 36 were injured by the heavy furniture tipping over on top of them. He said the parents were "absolutely distraught" over the death of their child, and added that they were not aware the Malm dresser was recalled.
Their lawyer, Alan Feldman, says that 29 million of dressers Ikea have been sold around the world, and that " the recall was ineffective".
In a new statement, IKEA told NPR: "IKEA urges all consumers to securely attach chests to the wall with the hardware included in every IKEA chest of drawers package".
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Ikea spokeswoman Mona Astra Liss did not address the accuracy of the 3 percent figure but the company statement noted that the recall goes back many years and it's impossible to know how many units are still in use. "But it should be made safe by design initially", Feldman said. In addition to these, previous deaths from 1989, 2002, and 2007 involving Ikea dressers were also added. The Consumer Product Safety Commission recall notice named MALM, among other models.
Feldman has represented the families of three other toddlers who were crushed to death by dresser tip-overs.
Ikea, pictured March 27, 2013 in southern France, has comes under fire following a tipping dresser that has killed multiple children.
"The true tragedy is there might be more of these in the future", Mann said.
IKEA, the Swedish company that calls itself "the life improvement store", has been heavily criticized for "poorly publicizing" the recall and fix programs, Philly.com reported. According to the CPSC, "unstable and unsecured TVs and large pieces of furniture kill a child every two weeks, on average", and send approximately 38,000 people to emergency rooms every year, two-thirds of whom are children under the age of five.
The safety agency said it had opened an investigation.
The company aded that it went to "great lengths to get the word out" about recalling the futniture, including a national advertising campaign, millions of emails to consumers and information "posted prominently" in stores. They also mentioned that they "worked hard to make participation in the recall as easy as possible for consumers".
As for the recall, Cowles said, "We are telling consumers that if they are going to participate, to ask for the refund" rather than the anchoring kit. Jaquelyn Collas, whose two-year-old son Collas was killed by a fallen MALM dresser in February 2014, is suing IKEA for failing to tell customers that their dressers are potentially risky for small children.