WASHINGTON, D.C. — The national home improvement retail chain Home Depot announced an urgent product recall over safety fears. The company, in conjunction with the Consumer Product Safety Commission, or CPSC, said that the dresser drawers recalled by the Home Depot could tip over and land on a small child injuring or entrapping the child within the furniture. Such an event could lead to serious injury or death of the child. According to a report filed by reporters from KIRO7, the CPSC expressed concern that the four-drawer chest, called the Home Decorators CollectionPrint Block 4-Drawer Whitewash Chest, is extremely unstable and will tip over if there are no anchors installed to hold the furniture upright.
The CPSC, according to the report produced by KIRO7, indicated that the chest of drawers recalled by Home Depot fail to meet industry standards. The CPSC noted that manufacturers, distributors, and sellers of consumer goods voluntarily comply with industry standards. Notwithstanding, the failure of Home Depot’s product to meet the standard is telling and could be an indication that the company did not design the dresser with child safety in mind.
The chest of drawers subject to the recall is manufactured in India. Home Depot sold the item from May of 2015 up to and including December of 2019. The chest is incredibly heavy. It weighs 96 pounds fully assembled and stands 44 inches tall. Additionally, the recalled piece of furniture bears a label on the back listing “Country Art & Craft LLP” as the manufacturer of the recalled item. The date of production also appears on the label.
The CPSC directed consumers to contact Home Depot for further information about the recall program concerning the chest of drawers. There was no information about Home Depot’s planned response to consumer recall inquiries. Additionally, there was no information about how Home Depot would address the problem.
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