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Ikea reaches $50 million settlement with families suing over dresser deaths

The news comes after Ikea recalled 29 million units this summer

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The New York Times is reporting that Ikea will settle lawsuits brought against the Swedish retailer by families of children killed by overturned furniture.

The settlement, for three U.S. families, totals $50 million.

In June, Ikea recalled 29 million dressers—including 8 million in its popular Malm series—because of a number of toppled units that injured or killed children. The latest incident, in February of this year, involved a 22-month-old in Minnesota who died when a six-drawer Malm dresser fell on him.

The plaintiffs in these most recent cases each had children around the age of two. The Times cites a report stating that “children were the victims of 84 percent of the 430 deaths reported between 2000 and 2013 from tipped-over televisions, furniture, and appliances; about 65 percent of those children—or 234—were between one and three-and-a-half years old.”

Via: The New York Times