STOCKHOLM Dec 22 IKEA has agreed to pay a total
$50 million to three families in the United States whose
children died when the budget furniture group's dresser MALM
tipped over them, lawyers representing the families said.
The families were represented by Feldman Shepherd
Wohlgelernter Tanner Weinstock & Dodig LLP which said in a
statement the Swedish retailer had also agreed to donate funds
to children's hospitals as part of the settlement.
IKEA confirmed a tentative settlement had been reached in an
e-mailed statement to Reuters, but declined to comment further
as the settlement had yet to be approved by court.
Two U.S. toddlers died in separate 2014 incidents when MALM
dressers fell on them. A 22-month-old boy was killed this year
in a similar incident, which occurred after IKEA had announced a
repair programme including a free wall-anchoring kit.
In June, IKEA recalled about 8 million MALM chests and
dressers and 21 million other models of chests and dressers in
the United States. About 6.6 million were recalled in Canada.
(Reporting by Johannes Hellstrom; Editing by Alistair Scrutton)