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Boy, 2, killed by recalled IKEA dresser

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Posted at 1:32 PM, Oct 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-19 19:37:41-04

A 2-year-old Southern California boy was killed earlier this year by a dresser that had been recalled by IKEA -- the first death since the massive recall was announced last year.

Jozef Dudek died on May 24 when an IKEA Malm dresser fell on him. A lawyer for the boy's family said they were not aware of the recall and they plan to file a lawsuit.

In 2016, IKEA recalled 29 million dressers, including the popular Malm model, after seven children were killed.

The first death involving an Ikea dresser dates back to 1989. 

Dudek's family attorney Daniel J. Mann said that the company is still not doing enough to warn customers on the potential risk involved in its dressers and chests. 

Test video shows the dressers can topple over if not properly fastened.

“The true tragedy is there might be more of these in the future," Mann told ABC. “Sometimes a parent catches it or it falls onto a wall or a bed It’s just by the grace of God.”

Although Ikea's recall began more than a year ago, the company says it will work with consumers to rectify any safety issues. 

“We took our responsibility to communicate this recall very seriously and went to great lengths to get the word out,” the company’s statement said in a statement to ABC News. Ikea added that it has “worked hard to make participation in the recall as easy as possible for consumers. Consumers can return the item to any store for a refund, no receipt required. If a consumer is unable to bring the product back to the store, Ikea will arrange to pick it up at their home.”

To check and see if you own one of the recalled products from Ikea, click here