As San Diego product liability attorneys, we are concerned about the number of furniture products being recalled for tip-over risks. The most recent product safety recall involves chests sold at Target.com.
Injuries Caused by Tip-Over Accidents
Many parents are unaware that the furniture in their homes can pose serious risks. Yet tip-over accidents kill one child every two weeks in the United States.
Over the past 10 years, 349 consumers (84% of whom were children younger than age 9) were killed when TVs, furniture or appliances fell on them. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimates that 43,000 Americans are injured each year in tip-over incidents. More than 25,000 (59%) of those injuries are to children under the age of 18. Falling furniture accounts for more than half (52%) of the injury reports.
Last year, tip-over risks made national headlines when several children suffered fatal injuries due to defective IKEA chests of drawers. A 2-year old boy from Pennsylvania, a 23-month old boy from Washington, a 22-month old boy from Minnesota, and 3 other children lost their lives after an IKEA chest or dresser tipped over and fell on them. IKEA has also received reports of 41 tip-over incidents involving the MALM chests and dressers, resulting in 17 injuries to children between the ages of 19 months and 10 years old.
After first initiating a repair program that failed to prevent additional fatal accidents, IKEA ultimately issued a recall that included approximately 29 million chests and dressers. The recall involved 6 models of MALM chests or dressers manufactured from 2002 to 2016 and about 100 other models of chests or dressers.
Recall of Homestar TV Chests
Homestar North America is recalling its Stockholm 3-drawer TV chests. According to the CPSC, the defective chests fail to comply with the performance requirements of the U.S. voluntary industry standard (ASTM F2057-14). They are also unstable if they are not anchored to the wall, which poses serious tip-over and entrapment hazards. When tip-over accidents occur, they can result in death or injuries to children. Thankfully, no reported injuries have been reported to date.
As detailed in the recall notice, the recalled Homestar TV chests come in 4 styles: Java Brown, Sonoma, Sonoma/Java Brown, and Java Brown/Sonoma. They were sold exclusively at Target.com from May 2015 through August 2016 for about $160.
For consumers who are concerned they may have purchased the recalled furniture, model number 249-09-2740, 249-09-0041, 249-09-2739, or 249-09-3429 is located on the back panel of the units. The CPSC advises consumers to immediately stop using any recalled chest that is not properly anchored to the wall and to place it in an area where children cannot access it.
Contacta San Diego product liability lawyer at the Law Offices of Robert Vaage for a free consultation.