Ikea will pay $46million to the parents of a two-year-old boy who was crushed to death by one of the company’s dressers that tipped over in his bedroom in 2017.
The settlement was announced on Monday by attorneys for Craig and Joleen Dudek, a California couple whose two-year-old son, Jozef, died in May 2017.
The Dudeks’ lawyers believe it is the largest settlement resulting in the wrongful death of a child every paid out in United States history.
The $46million sum is almost three times the amount paid in 2016 to settle similar lawsuits filed by parents of other kids killed in tip-overs of its dressers.
Three families split $50million between them in that 2016 court case.
A spokesperson for Ikea confirmed the settlement on Monday, telling DailyMail.com: ‘While no settlement can alter the tragic events that brought us here, for the sake of the family and all involved, we’re grateful that this litigation has reached a resolution.
Jozef Dudek, 2, was killed in May 2017 after a dresser his parents bought from Ikea fell on top of him
Young Josef Dudek is seen in the above undated file photo with his parents Joleen and Craig Dudek. The parents filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Ikea, the Swedish furniture maker
Joleen and Craig Dudek, top right, comfort each other as they join a news conference in Philadelphia via video on Monday. The news conference was held by the couple's lawyers (seen seated to the left)
Jozef is believed to have been the first child who was killed by the Malm 3 dresser (seen in the above stock image) after the company announced a recall of the unit in 2016
‘We remain committed to working proactively and collaboratively to address this very important home safety issue.
‘Again, we offer our deepest condolences.’
Dudek’s mother, Joleen, told USA Today: ‘We miss him so much.
‘He would be turning 5 this year in April.
‘We never thought that a two year old could cause a short 30-inch dresser to tip over and suffocate him.
‘It was only later that we learned that this dresser was designed unstable and did not meet safety standards and that this had happened to other little boys.’
At least nine children are believed to have died as a result of Ikea dressers that have tipped over.
Most of those incidents happened when the child pulled on a drawer of the unit, tipping it forward.
Jozef was killed when a three-drawer Malm dresser fell on him in the bedroom of his home after his parents put him down for a nap.
The boy was in his bedroom alone when the accident happened and was found trapped under the dresser by his father.
He is the fourth child killed specifically by the Malm product.
Jozef is believed to be the first confirmed