PAYING FOR BAD PARENTING - UNREAL: Ikea to settle for $50 million after toppled dressers (Owners never applied the safety wall straps) kill 3 different unsupervised colored boys
The world's largest furniture seller, Ikea, bills itself as "The Life Improvement Store." But after its products caused three deaths, the Swedish company will pay $50 million to the families of three young boys. The children, no older than two years old, died when Ikea dressers toppled over with crushing force. In all cases, the lethal furniture was one of Ikea's Malm dressers, a line of popular assemble-it-yourself chests made of particle- and fiberboard.
Ikea settled after two days of mediation with the families' attorneys, according to a statement from the lawyers. Such a payout may be among the largest-ever settlements of its type. The retailer did not respond to a request for comment from the news media.