Toddler killed after popular chest of drawers crushed him to death.

Sadly he is the eighth child that has been killed by the Ikea dresser, that was recalled last year, after it toppled over and crushed him, reports Daily Mail. 

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.

Last year IKEA Australia said they will not be recalling the popular chest of drawers despite doing so in the US.

“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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  • Not good enough Ikea! They need to be recalled in Australia! What about all the people who rent and can’t affix them to the wall?


  • All our ikea and aldi furtniture has come with wall anchors and recommendations to secure it, I am surprised this wasnt included in the products in the US. Tragic news of a life taken too soon, absolutely avoidable


  • I was reading this morning that the mother had actually asked the landlord if she could anchor the chest drawer to the wall, and the landlord refused. That makes it even more tragic. It wouldn’t have happened if the family owned the house and wasn’t renting instead. :-(


  • So terribly sad to lose a child in such avoidable circumstances. My condolences to this family.


  • So sad !
    We secure anything & everything what is possible and our “toddler” is still able to tumble things down. She’s nearly 4 and has Down Syndrome, has no danger awareness and is very dangerous indeed.


  • So sad for this to have happened after the product was recalled. So lucky my kids weren’t furniture climbers


  • This is such a sad story. We always bolted all drawers, book cases etc to the wall just in case.


  • Very sad. I do have to say I’ve seen a fair bit of information from Ikea a bout anchoring furniture.


  • Very sad to read about another death.


  • So sad. Its so easy to anchor them to the wall and makes them so much safer.


  • So sad to hear, may he rest in peace.


  • Horrific, I can’t even begin to think what that family is going through right now. Why wasn’t this products recall properly advertised? Absolutely appalling on Ikea’s behalf.


  • Oh, sweet little one. What a horrible tragedy. :-(


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