We know how busy children are; especially once they are on the move! That’s why we spend endless time and effort ensuring that our homes are safe and secure for our little (and not so little) ones. One of the most important things to remember, but is often overlooked, is to take extra caution when it comes to furniture that could fall over and injure or, even worse, kill a child.
Unfortunately, a child’s death is the reason the furniture company, South Shore, is voluntarily recalling a three drawer chest, which is also sold online by major retailers such as Amazon, Target and Walmart. The chest, which retails for around sixty dollars and was sold during October 2009 through July 2018, poses serious danger if not properly anchored to a wall. In regards to smaller children, the furniture is both a tip-over and entrapment hazard.
According to Consumer Reports, “someone in the U.S. is injured every seventeen minutes by a furniture, television, or appliance tip-over.” Children younger than six years old are most commonly injured and incidents usually involve dressers or other clothing storage units. Currently, manufacturers operate under a voluntary tip-over testing standard. And, since testing isn't mandatory, many don’t meet the standard and, even more so, they fall short or don't test at all.
“Our recommendations would lead to safer dressers for all consumers. Raising the test weight would cover more children, and lowering the minimum height would cover more dressers,” says William Wallace who is the senior policy analyst for CU.
South Shore recalled the chest of drawers on May 9, 2019. The piece, which is part a three bedroom set, is the only item being recalled at this time.
Available in nine colors, the chest measures 27½-inches high by 31¼-inches wide, is 15½-inches deep, and weighs approximately 56 pounds. The model numbers and colors include:
Royal Cherry: 3046033
Black: 3070033 and 3070223
Chocolate: 3159033 and 3159223
White: 3050033 and 3050223
Natural Maple: 3113033
Soft Gray: 10430
Gray Oak: 10433
Country Pine: 10680
Rustic Oak: 10682
It is important to note that three drawer chests with the model numbers listed above that end in the letter A, B, C, D or E are also included in the recall.
So, what do you do if one of these chests is currently in your household? The U.S. Consumer Product and Safety Commission (CPSC) advises that you should stop using the item and contact South Shore immediately.
Consumers have three options:
- Receive a full refund with free pick up.
- Remove the drawer slides and get free packaging as well as prepaid shipping from the company to mail in the item for a full refund.
- Get a free tip-over restraint kit with a one time free in home installation.
Take a few minutes to make sure that you don’t have one of these chests kicking around. And, make sure to check all of your existing furniture to ensure that it's properly anchored, especially if you have little monkeys climbing around your house.
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