"What makes this death more heartbreaking is the fact that last year's so-called recall was poorly publicized by IKEA and ineffective in getting these defective and unstable dressers out of children's bedrooms".
2-year-old Jozef Dudek died in May, and his distraught parents are just coming forward with their story.
A coalition comprised of the American Academy of Pediactrics, Consumers Union, Consumer Federation of America, Kids in Danger, the National Center for Health Research, Public Citizen, Shane's Foundation, and U.S. PIRG issued a statement on the latest death earlier this week. But with the deaths of 8 children allegedly brought on by their dressers, the company has found itself under some serious fire.
It was only after Ted's death that IKEA agreed to a recall of Malm dressers as well as other furniture that contained similar safety and stability defects.
His colleague Alan Feldman said that Jozef's death was "completely avoidable", adding that IKEA's recall effort was poorly executed as it was not publicized properly. The model that reportedly killed Dudek had three drawers.
The three-door Malm dresser fell on him in his Californian bedroom when his parents put him down for a nap in May, The Inquirer reports.More news: Oil rises on demand signs after Goldman flags geopolitical risks
Feldman has represented the families of three other toddlers who were crushed to death by dresser tip-overs.
Jozef is believed to be the first confirmed death since Ikea recalled the dresser a year ago.
"We took our responsibility to communicate this recall very seriously and went to great lengths to get the word out", the company's statement read. Those who choose to keep the dresser can request that IKEA install a free wall anchoring kit, or they can install it on their own. Consumers can return the item to any store for a refund, no receipt required. During the first six months of the recall, about 882,500 dressers were recalled or fixed through a wall-mounting system, amounting to 3% of the recalled products.
Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Chairman Elliot Kaye, left, watches a demonstration of how an Ikea dresser can tip and fall on a child during a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington, Tuesday, June 28, 2016.
The non-profit Kids In Danger told ABC News that fix kits or refunds had been issued for as little as 3% of the units that had been sold, leaving millions of Malm dressers as "ticking land mines in a child's bedroom".