Relevant for: Hardlines
CPSC published an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) for Clothing Storage Unit (CSU) Tip Overs1. The Commission is contemplating developing a rule to address the risk of injury and death associated with the Clothing Storage Unit furniture tipping over.
There were 195 deaths related to CSU tip overs between 2000 and 2016, which were reported to CPSC. An estimated 65,200 injuries related to CSU tip overs were treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments between 2006 and 2016. These incident reports indicate that the vast majority of fatal and injury incidents resulting from CSUs tipping over involve children.
To address the hazard associated with CSU tip overs, the Commission has taken several steps. In June 2015, the Commission launched the Anchor It! Campaign2.
In addition, CPSC staff prepared a briefing package in September 2016, to identify hazard patterns involved in tip-over incidents, assess existing voluntary standards that address CSU tip overs, and identify factors that may reduce the likelihood of CSUs tipping over. As part of that effort, Commission staff tested a convenience sample of CSUs.
Hazard patterns identified:
Televisions tipped over with a CSU, often resulting in more serious injuries.
- Opening Multiple Drawers
Several incident reports indicated that a CSU tipped over when a consumer opened one or more drawers.
Several reports indicated that a child was climbing on the CSU at the time of the tip over incident.
- Location, Flooring, and Contents
Most occurred on carpet. Of the reports that indicated the CSU tip over happened on carpeting, nearly all of the incidents involved general stability.
Commission staff assessed the requirements in all five existing voluntary and international standards and determined that the two ASTM standards (ASTM F2057-173, ASTM F3096-144) are the most effective existing standards. Nevertheless, Commission staff preliminarily believes that the existing standards do not adequately reduce the risk of CSU tip overs.
The Commission is considering several alternatives to address the risk of death and injury associated with CSU tip overs.
- Issue a mandatory standard addressing the hazard associated with CSU tip overs
- Rely on the voluntary ASTM standards: ASTM F2057-17 and ASTM F3096-14, that address CSU tip overs.
- No Regulatory Action, rely on methods other than mandatory or voluntary standards to address the risk of injuries associated with CSU tip overs. This may include relying on product recalls or promoting the ongoing Anchor It! Educational campaign.
Comments on this ANPR (Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking) shall be submitted by January 29, 2018.