Ikea to pay fam­i­lies whose kids were crushed by fur­ni­ture

The Washington Times Daily - - NATION - — Dou­glas Ernst

Ikea, the world’s largest fur­ni­ture re­tailer, has agreed to pay $50 mil­lion to three fam­i­lies whose tod­dlers were killed when chests and dressers tipped over on them.

Philadelphia-based lawyers for the fam­i­lies of de­ceased chil­dren Cur­ren Col­las, Cam­den El­lis and Ted McGee an­nounced Thurs­day that a ten­ta­tive set­tle­ment has been reached with the Swedish com­pany. Fur­ni­ture from Ikea’s MALM line crushed the chil­dren in 2014 and 2016.

Ikea spokes­woman Jo­hanna Iritz said it would be “in­ap­pro­pri­ate” to give fur­ther de­tails of the set­tle­ment, Fox News re­ported Thurs­day.

Ikea also will do­nate $50,000 to three chil­dren’s hos­pi­tals in the fam­i­lies’ home states, the net­work re­ported.

An­other $100,000 will be do­nated to Shane’s Foun­da­tion, a non­profit group fo­cused on “fur­ni­ture tip-over pre­ven­tion” and child-safety is­sues.

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