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Ikea recalls dangerous product, settles for $50M after 3 dead

A law firm announced recently that Ikea reached a $50 million settlement with the families of children who were crushed by dressers manufactured by the company. A total of three children were killed by the falling furniture before the dangerous product was recalled by Ikea. Residents of Washington, D.C., who may have purchased this dresser, known as the Malm model, should know that it is considered dangerous and has been recalled to prevent further injury or death.

The settlement of $50 million will be split evenly among the families of the three boys who were killed. Additionally, the company is donating $50,000 each in memory of the children to three children's hospitals. Shane's Foundation, a children's safety nonprofit, will also be receiving a donation of $100,000.

The company first issued an appeal to customers who had purchased the dressers, urging them to acquire a free kit from the company to secure the furniture to the wall. However, Ikea announced this past June that they were recalling over 29 million of the dressers. This was after a third boy's death resulted from the apparent likelihood of this specific dresser model tipping over and crushing children.

Unsecured furniture that is not manufactured with safety as a top priority can be very hazardous, especially to young children. If residents of Washington, D.C., or their children have been injured by a dangerous product, such as unsafe furniture, the first thing they may want to consider after seeking medical treatment is to contact a personal injury lawyer. An attorney with experience in cases involving dangerous or defective products can offer advice on seeking compensation for medical fees and for pain and suffering.

Source: NBC News, "Ikea Reaches $50 Million Wrongful Death Settlement Over Falling Dressers", Alyssa Newcomb, Dec. 21, 2016

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