YONKERS, N.Y. — Consumer Reports made the following statement today following an announcement of a settlement of a lawsuit filed against IKEA on behalf of 2-year-old Jozef Dudek, who was fatally injured by a tip-over of an IKEA Malm dresser. The announcement said the Dudek family will donate $1 million from the settlement to consumer organizations that have been advocating for more rigorous stability testing for dressers. The three organizations are Kids in Danger, Consumer Reports, and the Consumer Federation of America.
Marta Tellado, President and CEO of Consumer Reports, said, “We humbly thank the Dudek family for their contribution to CR. For more than a decade, CR has worked to ensure that unstable furniture posing a deadly hazard due to tip-over is off the market, and that people are aware of this potential danger.
“This gift will help us build upon our efforts, including testing to ensure the dressers we bring into our homes are safe, telling the stories of parents like the Dudeks who do not want this to happen to any other child, and fighting for mandatory standards and effective recalls. We will continue to educate consumers, both about preventative steps they can take and about the recalls of dangerous products, and work closely with parents and other safety advocates.
“Manufacturers and retailers should sell only dressers that meet a strong minimum stability standard, and should provide easy-to-use and accessible wall-anchoring kits for added safety. We are honored by the Dudek family’s gift, and will continue to warn people about the IKEA recall, in Jozef Dudek’s memory and to help prevent any more needless deaths.”
For more information on CR’s furniture tip-over work, including on IKEA dresser recalls, please visit CR.org/furnituretipover.
For more information on IKEA’s recall, please visit https://www.ikea.com/us/en/customer-service/product-support/recalls/ikea-chest-and-dresser-safety-recall-pub4b96e3c0
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