Toddler killed after popular chest of drawers crushed him to death.
Jozef Dudek, two, was killed when a three-drawer Malm dresser fell on him in the bedroom of his California home when his parents put him down for a nap in May.
The boy was in his bedroom alone when the accident happened and was found trapped under the dresser by his father.
He is the eighth child who has died from an incident involving an Ikea dresser and the fourth killed specifically by the Malm product.
News of Jozef’s tragic death only came to light this week after the Dudek’s family attorney spoke out saying they were ‘absolutely distraught’ over what happened.
Their 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,’ 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 attorney declined to give further details about the boy’s death but said his family plan on suing Ikea.
“IKEA chest of drawers are safe when attached to the wall as directed in the assembly instructions,” said a spokesman.
“We spread awareness of the importance of securing furniture on our products and product instructions, on the website and in-stores. IKEA Australia is not undertaking the recall.”
This video below, which originated in the US, highlights how shockingly easy it is for a toddler to be killed while they innocently play around the home.
Earlier this year we shared a video of the moment a toddler gained superhuman strength to save his twin brother from being crushed by a chest of drawers. Watch that HERE.
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