One of the first product recalls of the year is particularly alarming.
Kits designed for millions of pieces of furniture to prevent heavy pieces from tipping over and injuring or entrapping children have been recalled, the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced.
The tip-over restraint kits have been included with millions of pieces of clothing storage units – generally dressers – sold since late 2019. Products sold by more than 30 furniture companies are affected.
The tip-over prevention kits consist of a large plastic zip tie and hardware to anchor a piece of furniture to a wall. The plastic zip tie “can become brittle or break … posing a tip-over and entrapment hazard that can result in death or serious injuries to children,” the announcement said. Furniture companies have received complaints of the tip-over prevention kits breaking; no injuries have been reported.
Consumers are instructed to check whether their furniture has a manufacture stamp of November 2019 or later. If it does, they should contact the company for a replacement kit and keep children away from the furniture until a replacement tip-over prevention kit is installed.
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Consumer Watchdog, U.S. PIRG Education Fund
Teresa directs the Consumer Watchdog office, which looks out for consumers’ health, safety and financial security. Previously, she worked as a journalist covering consumer issues and personal finance for two decades for Ohio’s largest daily newspaper. She received dozens of state and national journalism awards, including Best Columnist in Ohio, a National Headliner Award for coverage of the 2008-09 financial crisis, and a journalism public service award for exposing improper billing practices by Verizon that affected 15 million customers nationwide. Teresa and her husband live in Greater Cleveland and have two sons. She enjoys biking, house projects and music, and serves on her church missions team and stewardship board.