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Defective Furniture: IKEA Recalls & Other Home Hazards

Cincinnati Product Liability Attorney: Household Safety & Injury Prevention with Defective Furniture

Serious accidents in Ohio involving defective furniture almost always happen unexpectedly. Accidents and injuries are nearly 100 percent preventable if manufacturers take measures to protect consumers, though that is not always the case and thousands of children and sometimes adults are injured each year when defective furniture falls or tips over.

In recent years, even as pressure mounts from safety advocate groups, litigation and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), companies who produce and sell furniture, like IKEA and other furniture giants, have faced lawsuits alleging their defective furniture contributed to or directly caused an injury or wrongful death. As a result, consumers have been forced to come to grips with the fact that since the companies will not regulate themselves, they must force the issue with defective furniture lawsuits. Consumers with babies and small children are also urged to protect themselves from potential injuries with the following safety measures:

  • Purchase low-set furniture
  • Seek furniture with sturdy, stable and broad bases
  • Look for furniture that comes with safety guides or certifications
  • Use equipment for anchoring (attach, mount, bolt) unstable furniture to walls
  • Test furniture in the shop to make sure of its stability
  • Do not put heavy items like televisions on the top shelves of bookcases
  • Prohibit small children from climbing on furniture.
  • Do not put tempting items like toys or food on top of furniture
  • Do not place unstable furniture in a child’s room
  • Put locking devices on drawers and doors to prevent children using them as steps

Joe Lyon is a highly-rated Cincinnati, Ohio product liability lawyer representing plaintiffs nationwide in a wide variety of consumer product liability and injury cases. 

Defective Furniture Recalled For Safety Hazards

Ikea’s more recent recall is the largest furniture recall in U.S. history. According to attorneys, instability and lightweight materials, Ikea’s dressers have killed at least six children, including two children in 2014, when two kids were killed by Malm chests, prompting Ikea to distribute free anchoring kits. It took a third deadly Ikea dresser accident for the company to finally recall the item.

The incident even led to a statement from a Pennsylvania Senator, who called for dresser manufacturers to meet mandatory stability requirements going forward. IKEA settled three wrongful death lawsuits for 50 million dollars. Other injuries and deaths have been reported as well. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, 25,000 children are injured in defective furniture tip-overs. Other defective furniture recalls have included:

  • Beanbag Chairs: millions of beanbag chairs sold by nine separate companies were recalled by the CSPC after at least five children died from inhaling or ingesting small pellets of foam filling, choking them to death.
  • Folding Chairs: Over two million children’s folding chairs distributed by Summit Marketing International were recalled after the CSPC noticed that the safety lock could fail, catching children’s fingers in the hinges, an amputation and laceration hazard. The CSPC also recalled 1.5 million children’s folding chairs distributed by Atico International because a locking design flaw led to serious finger accidents. Safety standards for collapsible children’s chairs are still being debated and lawsuits are pending.
  • Defective Mirrors: In 2017, Restoration Hardware recalled 1,400 glass mirrors due to laceration hazards from a faulty adhesive that failed to hold the mirror to the backing.
  • Defective Beach Chairs: In 2017, IKEA recalled thousands of Mysingso Beach chairs after reports of serious injuries including fingertip amputations. IKEA said in its recall that the chairs can collapse, posing fall and amputation hazards.

Injuries involving defective furniture are foreseeable and preventable, and manufacturers of certain products have a duty to perform safety tests and warn Ohio consumers, or lawsuits are likely to continue into the future. Most states also hold a distributor of furniture responsible for defective designs if they are aware of the safety risks.

If you or a loved one has suffered an injury due to a piece of defective furniture in Ohio, and have questions about the legal remedies available to improve quality of life and medical care, contact The Lyon Firm (800) 513-2403. You will speak directly with Mr. Lyon, and he will help you answer these critical questions.

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