New furniture tip-over warning: What you need to know

Every 17 minutes, an unsecured piece of furniture, appliance, or television tips over and injures or kills someone in the U.S. Most of the victims are children under 6 years old. (Photo: Screen grab from a Consumer Reports video)

(KUTV) -- Every 17 minutes, an unsecured piece of furniture, appliance, or television tips over and injures or kills someone in the U.S. Most of the victims are children under 6 years old.

In an ongoing Consumer Reports investigation of the stability of dressers, newly released government data show dressers 30 inches tall and under have been linked to deaths. Exclusive new Consumer Reports testing reveals, just because a dresser is smaller doesn’t make it less of a tip-over risk to children in your home.

CR found that just because a piece of furniture is low and seems stable, such as a dresser only three drawers high, it might still pose a deadly tip-over risk to small children in your home. Records released in June showed that at least 5 fatal tip-overs were linked to dressers that measured 30 inches or lower.

As part of its continued analysis, CR conducted 3 tip-over tests on 17 dresser models marketed as measuring 30 inches tall and under - to see if they are prone to tipping over. Only five of the dressers passed all of CR’s tests.

Consumer Reports is pushing for mandatory safety standards for dressers of all sizes, and says all furniture should be properly anchored to a wall.

Link to CR’s complete study: click here.

You can find more information at www.anchorit.gov



close video ad
Unmutetoggle ad audio on off

Trending