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Ikea to settle for $50 million after toppled dressers kill 3 young boys

The world’s largest furniture seller, Ikea, bills itself as “The Life Improvement Store.” But after its products caused three deaths, the Swedish company will pay $50 million to the families of three young boys. The children, no older than 2 years old, died when Ikea dressers toppled over with crushing force. In all cases, the lethal furniture was one of Ikea’s Malm dressers, a line of popular assemble-it-yourself chests made of particle- and fiberboard.

Ikea focuses on customers’ needs in hard times

NEW YORK – Well known for stylish but affordable housewares, Sweden’s Ikea Group is cutting prices on some big-ticket items as it seeks to outfit more homes around the globe. From couches to bed frames, the price cuts are part of new president and CEO Mikael Ohlsson’s response to continuing demand for low prices and compact furnishings as the global economy sputters.