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Ikea pay $US50m after fatal furniture tip

dpa logodpa 22/12/2016

Lawyers for three families who lost their toddlers when an Ikea dress fell on top of them say they have been awarded a $US50 million compensation payout.

Lawyers for three families whose toddlers were killed in the United States when dressers produced by the Swedish furniture giant Ikea tipped over on top of them say they will receive a $US50 million ($A69 million) in compensation.

The money, part of a lawsuit settlement, will be divided evenly among the three families, Philadelphia-based law firm Feldman Shepherd said in a statement.

Ikea will donate an additional $US250,000 to children's hospitals and to a child safety non-profit group focused on preventing furniture tip-overs, the statement said.

The company will also increase funding for a programme raising awareness of tip-over risks and will sell in the US only chests and dressers that meet or exceed requirements of a voluntary industry safety standard, the statement said.

Four deaths were associated with the company's "MALM" dressers, according to a November notice posted on Ikea's website and the company recalled 29 million chests and dressers.

"The recalled chests and dressers are unstable if they are not properly anchored to the wall, posing a serious tip-over and entrapment hazard that can result in death or injuries to children," it said.

Earlier this month, Ikea reported a nearly 20 per cent increase in full-year net profit, to 4.2 billion euros ($US4.5 billion dollars).

The Swedish retailer's top five markets in the 2016 financial year, ending in August, were Germany, the US, France, Britain and Sweden.

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