Ikea to Pay $50M to Families of Kids Killed by Falling Dressers

Furniture giant settles wrongful death suits of 3 toddler boys
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 22, 2016 8:10 AM CST
A June demonstration in Washington shows how an Ikea dresser can tip and fall on a child.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

(Newser) – Ikea will pay $50 million to the families of three toddlers crushed by its dressers since 2014 in what might be the largest-ever settlement for a case involving the death of a child, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer. The families, who filed wrongful death suits, will split the money evenly after paying lawyers' fees. Ikea will also donate $50,000 to three children's hospitals and $100,000 to a children's safety nonprofit, per NBC News. "He would be proud that we fought so hard and for him," says the mother of one 2-year-old victim. Ikea has since recalled 29 million dressers and chests. (Read more Ikea stories.)

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