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On the surface, the Stop Tip-overs of Unstable, Risky Dressers on Youth (STURDY) Act, which passed the House in June 2021 and is under consideration in the Senate, seems straightforward. It heralds strict new mandatory requirements to address furniture tip-overs. Unfortunately, the intentions of the STURDY Act simply don’t translate

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At the end of January 2021, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) released its annual ‘Product Instability or Tip-Over Injuries and Fatalities Associated with Televisions, Furniture, and Appliances: 2020 Report.’ The furniture tip-over report takes an in-depth look at the injuries and fatalities related to tip-overs, which can involve appliances,

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Doug Clark
CPSC announces more furniture recalls

Modus Furniture dressers and Modavari Forrest Live Edge Benches have been recalled, according to the Consumer Products Safety Commission. They pose a risk of falling over, the agency said. Brighton, Travis and Bevelle dressers, made in Indonesia and imported by Modus Furniture of Los Angeles, “are unstable if the mirror

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Doug Clark
Tip-over risk prompts another recall

The risk of tip-over accidents prompted another  recall,  the Consumer Products Safety Commission said Sept. 25. The order covers three-drawer chests imported by Home Meridian International. “The recalled chests are unstable if they are not anchored to the wall, posing serious tip-over and entrapment hazards that can result in death

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Doug Clark
CPSC testing triggers Kirkland’s recall for tip-over hazard

Two chests of drawers sold by Kirkland’s have been recalled because of safety concerns. “The recalled chests are unstable if they are not anchored to the wall, posing serious tip-over and entrapment hazards that can result in death or injuries to children,” the Consumer Products Safety Commission said it a

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Doug Clark
AHFA Opposes Consumer Reports Recommendation

The American Home Furnishings Alliance was among members of the ASTM Furniture Safety Subcommittee voting against changes to the voluntary furniture stability standard recommended by Consumer Reports magazine here last week. At a May 4 meeting of ASTM’s F15.42 subcommittee, Consumer Reports was invited by subcommittee chairman Richard Rosati to

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