Ikea has reached a settlement with a California couple whose child died after one of the furniture company’s dressers crushed and killed the 2 years old.
Ikea will pay Joleen and Craig Dudek $46 million ( RM 188 mil), The New York Times reported Monday. The Dudek’s son, Jozef, died in 2017 caused by mechanical compression of the neck after the dresser fell onto him, the couple’s lawsuit said.
“We miss him so much,” the Dudeks, who are from California, said in a statement to the outlet via their lawyer.
“He would be turning 5 years old this April,” the statement said.
“We never thought that a 2-year-old could cause a dresser just 30-inches high to topple over and suffocate him. It was only later that we learned that this dresser was unstable by design and did not meet safety standards, and that this had happened to other little boys.”
Ikea did recall after six children were killed and 36 others were injured. However, The Dudeks did not aware of the recall until it was tragically too late.