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IKEA recalls furniture in Illinois after children die


IKEA is a popular shopping destination for many people in Illinois. Illinois has two IKEA locations that Illinois residents can enjoy. Worldwide, the retail giant operates 361 different stores. The store sells everything from children's products and food to furniture.

Just like other manufacturers, people expect goods from IKEA to be safe for purchase. However, this has not always been the case. Recently, several children have died after dressers and chests of drawers have tipped over. In these cases, the furniture was not properly anchored to the wall, the dressers tipped and six children died. In situations like these, children can be seriously injured and even killed.

As a result of these deaths, IKEA has issued a voluntary product recall for the dressers. Specifically, IKEA has recalled dressers from their MALM line. These include three, four, five and six-drawer models. These dressers were sold and manufactured through June 2016. In all, this product recall affects around 29 million products.

A product recall can be difficult for consumers, but it is often important to follow the directions of the recall in order to avoid potential injuries. However, a product recall is often too little too late for individuals who have already been injured by a dangerous product.

When an injury or death occurs because of a defective product, those injured may have legal rights. These consumer safety rights can include the right to compensation for the injuries caused by the defective product. Negligent product manufacturers can often be held liable under Chicago product liability laws for dangerous products and the deaths they cause. Therefore, it is important that people understand their legal rights when they are injured by dangerous consumer products.

Source: Lisle Patch, "6 Child Deaths Lead to IKEA Recall of 29 Million Dressers," Lauren Traut, June 28, 2016

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