On Thursday, the furniture retailer company Ikea has agreed to pay a total of $50 million to the family members of the 3 children who were accidentally killed from drawers that fell out of their chests. The attorneys claimed that this is one of the biggest settlements to ever arise from such a case. The case arose after Malm drawers were purchased from Ikea and then they accidentally crushed kids when they fell out of their chests. The kids were Ted McGee, who was 23-months-old, Curren Collas, who was 2-years-old, and Camden Ellis, who was 2-years-old.
Ikea announced that they reached a “tentative settlement” with the family members. They did not want to comment any further about the settlement because the court has not officially approved the settlement yet. Ikea is a furniture firm from Sweden and the victims who were killed were from the United States. So, there are extra procedures that take place with international civil cases like these.
When the first two deaths occurred from these drawers, Ikea just warned customers to install wall mounts into the drawers so they wouldn’t fall out. But after the third child died back in February, this prompted Ikea to finally recall the drawers all together so that no one else would accidentally die from them.
In addition to the $50 million, Ikea has also agreed to donate $50,000 to three separate hospitals and $100,000 to a child safety charity; both in memory of the children who died. These donations are part of the settlement that was reached between Ikea and the plaintiffs. And finally, Ikea agreed to now only sell chests in the United States which meet the national voluntary safety standard that is set for all clothing storage units sold in the country.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has since started an educational campaign for parents about the risk of drawers falling out of chests.