CPSC makes move to make children's furniture safer

BETHESDA, Md., (WUSA) -- A new report by the Consumer Product Safety Commission finds that the furniture industry's current voluntary standards are not effective enough in preventing children from being injured or killed in tip over incidents.  

Now, CPSC Chairman Elliot Kaye says the agency will take over the rule making process to if the industry does not step up.  

CPSC test results of 61 clothing storage units show that more than half of the furniture pieces failed to meet 2014 standards.  

Chairman Kaye says the report is deeply troubling and calls on the ASTM and the American Home Furnishings Alliance to enhance the standards and address the major deficiencies that the agency has identified.  

The CPSC says furniture products should be stable enough to withstand the weight of a five year old child and come with tip over warning labels.  

Nearly 10,000 children are taken to hospital emergency rooms each year due to injuries related to furniture tip overs and many of the injuries are life altering, according to the federal regulators.  

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has a national campaign called "Anchor It" to make parents, caregivers and the public aware of tip over dangers.

Staff Briefing Package on Furniture Tipover - September 30 2016_0 by Erin Thacker on Scribd


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