More Dressers Recalled Due To Tip Over Hazards
October 31, 2019
Approximately one million Ridgewood four-drawer dressers (“Belmont” models) have been recalled due to serious tip-over and entrapment hazards that create deadly risks for infants and children. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently announced the recall, which also includes certain models that fail to comply with federally mandated performance requirements.
A total of eight Belmont models are included in the CPSC’s fast track recall. The agency initiates fast track recalls for particularly dangerous consumer products – especially when they endanger children and infants. Luckily no injuries or incidents with the recalled four-drawer dressers have been reported so far.
The eight recalled models were manufactured in two different sizes – 29 inches and 32 inches tall – and four different colors (white, black, light pine, and brown oak). Model numbers can be found on the instruction manual provided with the dresser at the time of purchase. The models over 30 inches tall fail to comply with federal manufacturing standards, but both sizes create deadly entrapment and tip-over hazards.
Ridgewood, a manufacturing company based in Canada, is complying with the CPSC’s recall. The dressers were sold at Sears and Kmart (as well as online) from April 2013 to September 2019 for roughly $40.
The manufacturer recommends that consumers who own the unstable dressers immediately discontinue use if they are not properly anchored to a wall. Until a dresser is securely anchored, store it somewhere children cannot access. Consumers should contact Ridgewood to receive a free anchoring kit, which also includes a wall anchor strap. Consumers who are unsure about installation can also request a one-time, free in-home installation from the manufacturer.
How to Prevent Tip-Over and Entrapment Hazards
According to the CPSC, forty children are injured in tip-over incidents every day and two to three die from their injuries each month. These incidents happen when something large and heavy becomes unbalanced and falls over. Children are known to reach for things that are high up and climb anything they can, so furniture that is not properly anchored poses catastrophic dangers.
One of the most effective ways to prevent tip-over and entrapment injury and death is to anchor furniture. Furniture like dressers, televisions and TV stands, and bookshelves are notorious for being involved in tip-over incidents, though anything large and unstable can be a culprit. The majority of tip-over incidents happen in a bedroom, and children between the ages of 1 and 4-years-old face the highest associated risks.
Philadelphia Products Liability Lawyers at Galfand Berger, LLP Represent Injured Individuals
If your child was injured in a tip-over incident, please contact the Philadelphia personal injury attorneys. Galfand Berger has offices located in Philadelphia, Bethlehem, Lancaster, and Reading, we serve clients throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey. To schedule a consultation, call us at 800-222-8792 or complete our online contact form.