A 22-month old boy is the third child to be killed after being crushed by an Ikea chest of drawers.
Theodore “Ted” McGee was killed in February after the drawers fell on him in his bedroom while his parents thought he was napping.
“They didn’t hear the dresser fall,” attorney Alan Feldman told The Inquirer.
“They didn’t hear Ted scream.”
The toddler’s mother, Janet McGee, found the six-drawer Ikea chest of drawers on top of her son, according to The Inquirer.
The Minnesota toddler’s death comes months after US safety watchdogs and Ikea warned that the drawers had safety risks.
“The chests and dressers can pose a tip-over hazard if not securely anchored to the wall,” the safety commission said last July.
The Swedish chain then launched a campaign to send free anchoring kits to any customers who requested them.
The retailer’s safety drive came after two boys were killed in 2014 after Ikea Malm drawers toppled onto them.
A two-year-old in Pennsylvania was killed when a six-drawer chest fell on him and a 23-month-old was crushed by a three-drawer chest.
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission have called the latest incident a “tragic tip-over fatality”.
It is reported that the toddler’s parents are pursuing legal action against the retailer for not issuing a stronger warning.
They purchased the chest of drawers in 2012 and claim they were unaware of Ikea’s safety warnings.
“There are currently no plans to recall Malm chest of drawers, however we are still investigating the facts of the case and the possible next steps that may be required,” an Ikea spokesperson told Metro.co.uk.
Ikea said the drawers were “not attached to the wall – which is an integral part of the products’ assembly instructions”.
“We at Ikea offer our deepest condolences to the McGee family. At Ikea, we believe children are the most important people in the world and the safety of our products is our highest priority.”