BEIJING (Reuters)- Swedish furniture maker Yijia has reached a settlement with the parents of a U.S. boy over the death of a drawer cabinet for 2017, with IKEA paying $46 million (about Rmb100 million) to the parents of the boy. In response, IKEA responded to a Beijing reporter's interview without denying the amount of the compensation, referring to the settlement of IKEA's lawsuit with the American family on December 18,2019.
In 2017, a two-year-old boy was killed by the dumping of three drawer cabinets in the Ikea Malm series. The following year, the boy's parents sued ikea, alleging that it was aware of the risk of dumping in the series of drawers and closets and had previously injured or even killed several children, but did not warn consumers that the furniture had to be fixed to the wall for use.
Back in June 2016, IKEA announced a recall of 35 million Malm series lockers and dressers in North America over security concerns. After an interview with China's AQSIQ, IKEA announced that from July 12,2016, it had recalled the series of drawer cabinets such as Malm sold in the Chinese market from 1999 to 2016, and the recall range of drawer cabinets was the same as that of the United States and Canada.
However, according to the parents of the boy who sued IKEA, although the drawer cabinet had been recalled in 2016, they had never been notified, arguing that IKEA had failed to effectively inform consumers about the recall of the drawer cabinet involved.
鈥淲e are still trying to explore and seek cooperation to address this very important family safety issue,鈥? IKEA said in a response to Beijing News. Product safety is the top priority of IKEA and the core of the daily product design process. We reiterate our deepest condolences to this family.
IKEA stressed that since March 1,2016, IKEA has carried out \"firmly fixed!\" throughout China. campaign, calling for more attention to the potential risk of drawer cabinet capsizing and action. Every drawer cabinet with a height of more than 75cm sold by IKEA over the years also contains spare parts for use on the wall and instructions on how to operate. \"We firmly believe that the wall on the drawer cabinet should be the same habit as wearing a seat belt, and we are willing to work on it.
Beijing News reporter learned that this is not the first time IKEA has compensated for the damage caused by its \"problem drawer cabinet \". In a 2016 settlement, IKEA agreed to pay a total of $50 million (about Rmb100 million) to the families of three American children who were crushed to death by \"problem drawer cabinets.\"
It is worth noting that the quality of IKEA products has been the focus of attention, in less than a month in the near future, IKEA has been two consecutive children's supplies unqualified.
in december 2019, the website of the beijing market supervision and administration bureau published the results of children's bedding product quality sampling inspection,35 batches of products were detected unqualified, among them, one of the ikea's dj ungel skog cushions were not qualified for dry friction fastness. On January 6,2020, the official website of Beijing Municipal Bureau of Market Supervision and Administration published the results of children's furniture product quality sampling inspection, the results showed that five batches of samples were not qualified, of which one batch of IKEA's Aofi children's desk chair was not qualified, and the main unqualified items were warning signs.