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Ikea is a large furniture store. It is from Sweden. They have stores all over the world. Ikea made some drawers that were dangerous. The drawers could easily fall over. The drawers fell on a 2-year old boy. He died because of the accident. Now, Ikea will pay $46 million to the family.

The drawers had been recalled one year before. They were recalled because they killed 3 other children. The drawers were only 76cm (30in) high. They had a bad design. This made them very dangerous.

The parents are devastated. The parents want to tell everyone about these drawers. They don’t want more children to get hurt.

Difficult words

Drawer (n): A piece of furniture that opens outwards for storage.

Fall over (phrasal verb): To fall down.

Accident (n): Something that is not done on purpose.

Recall (v): To take something back.

Devastated (adj): To be totally sad.

Activities

For listening practise, listen to the recorded article here:

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American English:

Match the Synonym!

 1. Drawer  A. Mistake
 2. Fall over  B. Storage
 3. Accident  C. Sad
 4. Recall  D. Fall down.
 5. Devastated  E.  Take back.

True or False?

1. Ikea is a large supermarket. T / F

2. Ikea is from Sweden. T / F

3. A young boy died from Ikea furniture. T / F

4. The drawers were recalled. T / F

5. Only one boy died from the drawers. T / F

Unscramble the sentence!

1. a / is / store / Ikea / furniture / large

2. the / They / all / world / have / over / stores

3. could / over / drawers / The / easily / fall

4. had / They / a / design / bad

5. are / The / devastated / parents

Listening and Vocabulary

Listen to the article and fill in the words OR practice vocabulary and fill in the words.

British English: Coming Soon!

American English:

Dangerous Drawers Died
Killed Furniture Hurt

Ikea is a large (1)_____________ store. It is from Sweden. They have stores all over the world. Ikea made some drawers that were dangerous. The (2)____________ could easily fall over. The drawers fell on a 2-year old boy. He (3)________ because of the accident. Now, Ikea will pay $46 million to the family.

The drawers had been recalled one year before. They were recalled because they (4)________ 3 other children. The drawers were only 76cm (30in) high. They had a bad design. This made them very (5)______________.

The parents are devastated. The parents want to tell everyone about these drawers. They don’t want more children to get (6)_______.

 

Conversation Questions

Take turns speaking with a partner or try to answer on your own:

1. Did you find this article interesting? Why or why not?
2. Did you learn anything new from this article? If so, what?
3. What do you think of this story?
4. Do you think paying the money is a big enough punishment for Ikea?
5. Have you ever had to return a product because of a recall?
6. Have there been any big recalls in your country?
7. Have you ever been harmed by a product?
8. Would you buy a product that was recalled and then fixed?
9. Would you keep a product that had been recalled?
10. Is Ikea popular in your country?
11. What is Ikea’s reputation in your country?
12. Have you shopped at Ikea before?
13. Is flat-pack furniture popular in your country?
14. Have you assembled your own furniture before?
15. Does your country have any unique or traditional furniture?
16. Have any companies in your country caused death because of their products?
17. What do you think Ikea’s punishment would be in your country?
18. Has your opinion of Ikea furniture changed because of this story?
19. Does your country have high product safety standards?
20. What do you think about the current trend of cheap, trendy stores for clothes, furniture and other items?