Following the massive dresser recall due to the deaths of several children, Ikea failed to meet a deadline to give records to the lawyers of a mother of a deceased child.
According to Philly.com, Judge John Younge of Philadelphia gave Ikea 30 days to turn over documents from a negotiation between the Swedish furniture giant and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
Ikea missed the August 19 deadline to give the records to the lawyers of Jackie Collas, the mother of Curren Collas, a two-year-old child who was crushed by a recalled Ikea dresser in 2014. The attorneys have now asked the judge to impose a $1,000-per-day fine on Ikea until it complies with his order.
The documents in question span nearly two years and include photos and videos of internal testing of the recalled dressers. The lawyers seeking these documents are hoping there is information that could shed light on how widespread of a threat the recalled dressers were.
The wrongful death suit filed by Collas argues that Ikea was aware of the risks posed by the dressers but continued to sell them anyway
Pamela Gilbert, a lawyer and former executive director of the CPSC, said she found Ikea’s stance in the case “very troubling,” especially due to the company’s previous attempts to avoid recalling the products.
Ikea contends that the recalled dressers are safe when attached to the wall properly, per the directions.
Models Included in the Ikea Dresser Recall