consumer product safety commission (cpsc)

Tip over hangtag rule proposed

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s proposed rule for a mandatory furniture stability standard includes a requirement for a new hangtag that would highlight a product’s performance and technical data for consumers, according to the American Home Furnishings Alliance.

One million chests recalled due to tipover hazard

Ridgewood Industries has recalled four-drawer chests due to tip-over and entrapment hazards. The chests were made in Canada and sold exclusively at Kmart stores. The product safety recall was voluntarily conducted by the firm in cooperation with the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Consumers should stop using the product immediately. This recall includes Belmont four-drawer chests with plastic drawer glides. The recalled chests were sold in two sizes and four colors, each with its own model number, which can be found on the instruction manual that came with the item.

IKEA to pay $50 million in dresser tip-over deaths

Ikea will pay $50 million to settle liability claims of three families whose toddlers were killed when dressers tipped over and crushed them.Ikea, which sources 70 percent of its U.S. offerings from domestic manufacturers, recalled the dressers after the third death was reported in February.

Stop Tip Over Act pressures furniture makers on stability standards

The Stop Tip-overs of Unstable, Risky Dressers on Youth (STURDY) Act calls for the Consumer Products Safety Commission to adopt a product safety rule for free-standing clothing storage units, in response to a spate of fatal furniture tip-over incidents involving young children.

CPSC Launches Registry for Small Batch Children's Product Makers

The CPSC is launching an easy-to-use registry for small batch manufacturers, which can be found at Congress directed CPSC to establish this registry for small batch manufacturers in Public Law 112-28, which was signed into law by President Obama on Aug. 12, 2011.
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