The Swedish furniture manufacturer Ikea has agreed to settle three wrongful death lawsuits brought by three families whose children were crushed to death by chests or dressers in Ikea's Malm line. Each of the children were about 2 years old. The families claimed that the unsafe design of the furniture made them "inherently unstable and easily tipped over". Last June, Ikea finally recognized that children were being killed by its products and recalled 29 million chests and dressers in response to the deaths of six toddlers. However, Ikea still stubbornly refuses to meet the voluntary national safety protocols established by the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) for the stability of its chests and dressers. (Time to pass legislation protecting toddlers?)
According to the CPSC, a child dies once every two weeks in accidents involving toppled furniture or television sets. In a 2014 report issued by the CPSC, children were the victims in 84 percent of the 430 deaths reported between 2000 and 2013 from tipped - over televisions, furniture and appliances. Sixty-five percent of those kids were between the ages of 1 and 3 1/2 years old. Obviously, none of these children are to blame.