2-Year-Old Boy Becomes Eighth Child To Die From Recalled Furniture

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A now-recalled Ikea dresser has claimed another child.

Two-year-old Jozef Dudek was killed after an Ikea dresser, that was recalled last year, fell over and crushed him.

The three-drawer Malm dresser fell on Dudek in the bedroom of his California home when his parents put him down for a nap in May.

Dudek is the eighth child that has died from an incident involving an Ikea dresser and the fourth killed specifically by this Malm product.

The Dudek family’s attorney Daniel Mann, of Philadelphia’s Feldman Shepherd law firm, told The Inquirer that Jozef’s parents did not know the Malm dresser had been recalled.

“Jozef’s tragic death was completely avoidable,” Daniel Mann said. “What makes this death more heartbreaking is the fact that last year’s so-called recall was poorly publicized by Ikea and ineffective in getting these defective and unstable dressers out of children’s bedrooms across the country.”

The Swedish furniture store Ikea, as well as the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, have reportedly confirmed they are aware of Jozef’s death in relation to the Malm product.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission told the Daily Mail it was investigating.

Many websites maintain a list of recalled products, including the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Here is a listing of other sites that record recalled products. From USA.gov:

  • Recalls.gov lists government-initiated recalls from federal agencies. You can sign up for free email notifications on recalls.
  • Safercar.gov publishes safety information on vehicles and equipment such as children’s car seats.
  • FSIS.USDA.gov lists recalls that involve meat, sausage, poultry, and processed egg products.
  • FDA.gov lists recalls that involve food (non-meat products; fruits; vegetables; seafood; shelled eggs; infant formulas), medicines, medical devices, cosmetics, biologics, radiation emitting products, veterinary drugs, and pet food.
  • Foodsafety.gov publishes notices of food recalls and alerts from both the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
  • SaferProducts.gov allows you to report incidents and safety concerns with consumer products, and search for incidents reported by other consumers.

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