Sauder Woodworking Co. is recalling 8,000 chests that were sold exclusively
at Walmart.com. According to the
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the recalled chests are unstable unless they are properly anchored
to the wall and do not comply with the voluntary safety standard (ASTM
F2057-14). The manufacturing defect poses a serious tip-over and entrapment
hazard that could result in death or serious injuries to children.
As we have previously discussed on this San Diego Injury Blog, tip-over
hazards should be taken seriously. A child dies every two weeks and a
child is injured every 24 minutes in the United States from furniture
or televisions tipping over. Thankfully, no injuries have been linked
to the defective chests sold at Walmart.com.
According to the recall notice, the recall involves four-drawer wooden
chests sold under the Storybook brand (model 416407). The white laminated
chests have a single white wood pull on each drawer. The chests were manufactured
between April 2016 and June 2016. A label with the date code in the MM/YYYY
format is located on the back of the unit. The chests measure 42.13 inches
high by 29.25 inches wide and 16.25 inches deep.
Given the serious risks, the CPSC advises that consumers should immediately
stop using any recalled chests that are not properly anchored to the wall
and place them in an area that children cannot access. Sauder Woodworking
is contacting all known purchasers directly and sending free repair kits
and wall anchoring kits.
If a consumer is unable or unwilling to attach the repair kit, they should
contact Sauder Woodworking for a full refund. Consumers who request a
refund will be provided instructions by Sauder on how to properly dispose
of the chests.
If your child or someone you care about has suffered serious harm due to
a recalled or otherwise defective chest or other children’s product,
you may be entitled to compensation. To discuss your legal rights, contact
a San Diego product liability lawyer at the Law Offices of Robert Vaage
for a free consultation.