As any parent can attest, small children love climbing on anything, including
furniture, appliances, and televisions. Unfortunately, if left unsecured,
these items can pose serious hazards. Tip-over accidents kill one child
every two weeks in the United States.
prevent tip-over accidents, safety experts recommend securing heavy furniture to a wall. However,
in order to prevent injuries, restraint straps must perform properly.
As highlighted by a recent children’s furniture recall, this is
not always the case.
The recall involves approximately 18,000 Pali Design armoires, combos,
dressers and hutches. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
(CPSC), the plastic restraint strap used to attach the furniture to a
wall can break and allow the unit to tip over. As the agency warns, falling
furniture can result in a wide range of injuries to young children, from
soft tissue bruising to broken bones to head injuries.
Pali Design has received one report of a restraint strap on a Wendy Double
Dresser breaking and allowing the unit to tip over. Thankfully, no injuries
have been linked to the
defective product. The defective furniture was sold at independent specialty stores nationwide
as well as online from January 2006 to September 2010 for between $420
and $750. The Karla collection was sold exclusively in Babies R Us stores.
The recall impacts Pali Design armoires, combos, dressers and hutches sold
separately or in the following collections: Karla Collection, Mantova
Collection, Milano Collection, Salerno Collection, Volterra Collection,
Wendy Collection and West Point Collection. To determine if your specific
piece is impacted, you can find the model number, product name and manufacture
date on a white sticker on the back of the units. The CPSC website has
a full listing of the model numbers and product names that are included in the recall.
If you own one of the recalled pieces of furniture, the CPSC advises that
consumers should immediately place the recalled armoires, combos, dressers
or hutches out of the reach of young children and contact Pali Design
for a free retrofit kit that contains newly designed restraint straps,
mounting hardware and installation instructions.
If your child or someone you love has been seriously injured by a dangerous
or defective product, don’t hesitate to
contacta San Diego product liability attorney at the Law Offices of Robert Vaage for a free consultation.