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£35m payout to parents of boy killed by Ikea dresser

IKEA has agreed to pay $46million (£35million) to the family of a two-year-old boy in the US who died when a 70lb dresser tipped over on to him.

The Swedish furniture retailer was sued by the parents of Jozef Dudek (pictured) who died of his injuries after the accident in California in 2017.

His family had accused Ikea of failing to warn customers its Malm dressers should be anchored to a wall when assembled as they posed a hazard that had injured or killed other children.

The dresser was said to have been recalled in 2016.

According to the Dudeks’ lawyers, the terms of the settlement also mean Ikea must meet with the group Parents Against Tip-Overs and spread the news of the recall.

The Dudeks are to donate $1million to groups advocating more rigorous testing for dressers. Ikea offered its condolences and said it was working to address ‘this very important home safety issue’, including offering consumer education, safety workshops and working to make safer products.

‘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,’ it said.