Walker Edison Recalls 24,000 Dressers Due to Tip-Over Risk
According to a news report on consumerreports.org, along with a warning from the CPSC, 24,000 dressers were recalled due to entrapment and tip-over risks that might lead to injuries or deaths in children. The dressers were sold online by Target, Amazon, Best Buy, Amazon, Pier 1, and several other online websites.
According to a Consumer Product Safety Commission announcement, Walker Edison, Ready-To-Assemble (RTA) furniture supplier, recalled two of their dresser products. One of the dressers recalled is an “unnamed chest of drawers” and the company’s “Spencer four-drawer chest.” According to Consumer Reports, the models do not comply with the furniture industry’s voluntary standard, which requires these types of dressers to be anchored to a wall if the dresser itself is not very stable. These two four-drawer chests do not meet the voluntary standard for stability, and neither includes an “anchoring kit.”
At this time, there have been reports of similar 4-drawer chests causing injuries and deaths to children. However, there a no reports of accidents, injuries, or deaths caused by these Walker Edison dressers. However, the CPSC is telling purchasers of these dressers to discontinue the use of these recalled dressers or place these dressers in “areas children can’t access.” Consumer Reports believes this issue is more dangerous because many Americans are at home due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Walker Edison released a statement on their website, “values the safety and wellbeing of all their customers.” The company is giving a free replacement or a full refund for the recalled furniture.
This furniture recall follows several other dressers that were recalled for the same safety concern over the past several months. The U.S. Senate has been considering new legislation, which has already passed the House of Representatives, to prevent these dangerous products from entering the market. The proposed law is called the Stop Tip-overs of Unstable, Risky Dressers on Youth (STURDY) Act. The top Tip-overs of Unstable, Risky Dressers on Youth (STURDY) Act would compel the CPSC to devise a new rule to develop a mandatory and more stringent stability requirement. This would eliminate the existing “voluntary stability standard.” According to the CPSC and other safety advocates, the current voluntary stability standard is not sufficient and will not protect children from harm.
According to the CPSC, someone is injured every 20 minutes by furniture, appliance, or a television falling on top of them. These same items tragically kill a child every two weeks. The CPSC states that thousands of these dresser accidents happen each year.
The Walker Edison dressers recalled include the:
- Spencer four-drawer chests with SKU numbers BR4DDRCA (842158142443), BR4DDRWH (842158142436), and BR4DDRWT (842158142450); and
- Unmarked drawer chests, model numbers BR3DMILDRDW (840035320847), and BR3DMILDRSG (840035320854). The drawer chests are not marked. However, the packaging is labeled with the dresser’s model numbers. Both dresser products come in gray, white, a wood imitation laminate, and wood stain.
The dressers were sold online between August 2018 and March 2020, and the units cost between $200 to $300 per unit.
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