"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", lawyer Alan Feldmen said in a press release. The company recalled more than 29 million of its popular Malm dresser styles in 2016 after six children were killed and 36 were injured by the heavy furniture tipping over on top of them.
"Jozef's tragic death was completely avoidable", Mann told The Inquirer.
"Our hearts go out to the affected family, and we offer our honest condolences during this most hard time", the company said in a statement.
In a statement, a spokeswoman for Ikea said the dresser had not been attached to the wall and encouraged consumers to use anchors included with its products. In the recall, the company was offering full or partial refunds for the product in addition to free wall-anchoring kits that would attach the furniture to the wall, making it safe to use.
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"From the delay in issuing a recall to lackluster efforts by IKEA to fully communicate the hazard and the recall to the public - relying instead on soft messages on securing any and all furniture - this death highlights the risks to children of tip-over incidents", the statement said.
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The recalled items include the MALM 3-drawer, 4-drawer, 5-drawer, and three 6-drawer models and other children's and adult chests and dressers.
It's the first death since the furniture giant announced a recall of 29 million chests and drawers previous year, and it's the eighth death that is connected to the recalled dressers. He said the parents were "absolutely distraught" over the death of their child, and added that they were not aware the Malm dresser was recalled.
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The company defended the 2016 recall and its efforts to publicize it, saying that it worked with US media outlets for coverage, launched a national advertising campaign and posted information about the recall prominently online and in its stores.
"In 2014, two children, both around 2 years old, died in tip-over accidents involving Ikea's Malm dressers". The safety agency confirmed that an investigation has been launched while Ikea issued a statement on the matter.
As of now, the Consumer Product Safety Commission is investigating the death of Jozef Dudek.
Daniel Mann has represented the families of three other children who also died due to IKEA furniture, and has outlined the family's plan to sue the Swedish furniture giant.