Ikea pays $50m to families after dresser deaths

Three children in the US lost their lives when Ikea products fell on them...

IKEA, Dublin, Ireland, outlet, Order and Collection Point, Carrickmines, Jack Jackson

IKEA's recently opened Order and Collection Point in Aberdeen, Scotland | Image: IKEA

Ikea has reached a "tentative settlement" with the families of three children in the US who were killed when furniture from the firm's stores fell on them.

This deal is pending legal approval - these incidents took place between 2014 and 2016.

All three of the toddlers were two years old. Ikea recalled 35 million "Malm" chests and dressers in North America and a further 1.6 million units in China after these incidents.

An Ikea spokesperson said it would be "inappropriate" to comment further on the settlement's details.

The deal is the product of a mediation process overseen by a federal magistrate judge.

The families argued that Ikea was aware that the product posed safety risks.

Ikea will also donate $150,000 to three children's hospitals in Philadelphia, Washington state and Minnesota.

It will also give $100,000 to Shane’s Foundation - a nonprofit focused on children’s safety and the prevention of similar accidents occurring in the future which was founded by one of the victim's families.