The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced a large number of product recall in June on chests and dressers that did not comply with the performance requirements of the U.S. voluntary industry standard (ASTM F2057-14) in the U.S.
The recall was announced on 28 June 2016 - recalled chests and dressers were unstable if they were not properly anchored to the wall, posing a serious tip-over and entrapment hazard that can result in death or injuries to children.
After the accident of two children who died from tip-over in 2015, the retailer launched a repair campaign offering free wall anchors to secure the dressers, using screws to hold the wardrobes upright, and warned customers to use wall mounts with them. However, a third accident happened in February 2016 prompted this recall.
After the death of three toddlers in two years, CPSC in cooperation with the retailer jointly announced a recall of 29 million of these chests and dressers to protect young children in millions of American homes.
The recall includes the retailer’s one low-cost model that has failed the voluntary stability tests. The recall applied to approximately 8 million chests and dressers and 21 million additional children’s and adult chests and dressers in the U.S.
The retailer has worked cooperatively with the CPSC on this comprehensive and necessary recall, consumers can choose a refund or a free wall-anchoring repair kit. Additional details and remedy can be found in the Frequently Asked Question from the CPSC website for this recall.