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Warning for Parents: Tip-Over Risks Prompt Another Product Safety Recall

IkeaAs 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 decade, 349 consumers (84% of whom were 9 or younger) were killed when appliances, furniture or TVs fell on them. It has been estimated that about 43,000 United States residents are injured yearly in tip-over accidents, with most of those injuries happening to minors.

In 2016, the deaths of several children propelled these risks to make national headlines. Several toddlers lost their lives after an IKEA dresser or chest fell on them. Over the years, IKEA has received many reports of tip-over incidents that resulted in injury.

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.