Ikea pays $68 million to three families of toddlers killed by dressers.

Three families whose toddlers were crushed by top-heavy Ikea dressers will take share in US$50 million ($68 million) as the company pays compensation for their deaths.

Two-year-old Curren Collas was killed in February 2014 after pulling a six-drawer dresser onto himself while trying to climb it in his home in West Chester in Pennsylvania, US news website reports.

In a similar accident, Camden Ellis of Snohomish, Washington, was crushed when a three-drawer dresser fell on top of him. The two-year-old spent four days on ventilator before he died in 2014.

In 2015, 22-month-old Minnesota boy Theodore McGee was killed when a six-drawer dresser bought by his parents fell on top of him.

All three deaths related to dressers from Ikea’s Malm range – half of which has since been recalled.

The compensation to the victim’s families comes after each filed wrongful death lawsuits against the company – claiming Ikea had known for years about the danger, but continued to sell the dressers.

Camden Ellis and Ted McGee. (Image via Facebook)

Ikea had initially argued the parents were negligent for not anchoring the dressers to the wall, as per assembly instructions, but later settled out of court.

In addition to the compensation to the victim's families, the furniture makers also agreed to donate $140,000 to a Chicago charity that promotes tip-over awareness as well as $70,000 to the three boy's hospitals in communities where the boys lived.

Mother to Curren, Jackie Collas, told she was relieved the legal fight was over, but shared it had not brought her closure.

"Your life, it will always be cut in half," Ms Collas said.

"Even if I live until 100, it's going to be before Curren and after Curren."

Similarly,  Ted’s mum Janet McGee said the money won could never be enough.

"This has been a tragic, heartbreaking season for us and our family, and no amount of money will make up for the loss of our sweet little boy," Ms MGee said in a statement.

The six and three draw dressers from the Malm range. (Image via Ikea)

Ikea's payout of US$50 million to families comes six months after about 29 million dressers from the Malm range were recalled for being top heavy and likely to topple if not secured to a wall.

The company first offered customers free "restraint kits" and attempted to raise awareness of the potential dangers in 2015, but public pressure forced the recall after only about one per cent of Malm unit owners claimed the restraints.

However, February 2014 was not the time the dangers of the products had been exposed.

Seven deaths have been linked to unstable Ikea dressers since 1989.

In 2008, the family of three-year-old Katie Elise from Pennsylvania received $3.2 million after a wardrobe crushed her.

Another little girls's family was compensated for an undisclosed amount after she was killed by a dresser  in Chula Vista, California.

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