Tuesday 22 October 2019

Boy (2) killed after IKEA dresser fell and crushed him during nap

Jozef Dudek (2) was killed when he was trapped under an IKEA dresser
Jozef Dudek (2) was killed when he was trapped under an IKEA dresser
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

A two-year-old boy was killed after an IKEA dresser fell on top of him after his parents put him down for a nap.

Jozef Dudek was killed when a Malm dresser toppled onto him in his bedroom in California.

The toddler was found trapped underneath the drawers by his dad last May.

The dresser was recalled by IKEA last year and now the family intend to sue the company.

His parents have now hired an attorney, who this week said the family is "absolutely distraught".

Daniel Mann, of Philadelphia's Feldman Shepherd law firm, told The Inquirer: "Jozef's tragic death was completely avoidable.

"What makes this death more heartbreaking is the fact that last year's so-called recall was poorly publicised by IKEA and ineffective in getting these defective and unstable dressers out of children's bedrooms across the country."

IKEA and the US Consumer Product Safety Commission say they are aware of the incident.

IKEA has paid out more than £40million in compensation to the families of three toddlers who were crushed to death under top-heavy dressers in America.

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