Defective Dressers Are a Tip-Over Hazard

In October, two different manufacturers recalled dresser bureaus because they had a tendency to tip over. Defective dressers cause serious injuries every year. Children, in particular, can become trapped underneath a dresser that has tipped over, possibly being crushed underneath the weight of the piece of furniture. If you have been injured, please contact a Miami product liability attorney.

Ridgewood Four-Drawer Dressers

On October 3, 2019, Ridgewood recalled their four-drawer dressers because of instability. The dresser needed to be anchored to the wall, otherwise, they are in danger of toppling. Unfortunately, the dressers that were more than 30 inches tall also did not meet the U.S. voluntary industry standards.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, about 1 million units had been sold in the United States through Kmart, Sears, and online retailers. Consumers are encouraged to contact the manufacturer to obtain a free anchoring kit, which should include an anchor strap to the wall.

E&E Bedroom Dressers

Also on October 3, E&E recalled its INK+IVY Renu three-drawer dressers because they posed an unacceptable risk of tipping over and trapping children. The dressers likewise did not comply with voluntary industry standards and needed to be anchored to the wall in order to be secure.

The dresser weighs 73 pounds and stood 36 inches tall, so this is a big piece of furniture.  The manufacturer encouraged consumers to place the dresser somewhere where children do not go and to attach it to the wall. Consumers who contact E&E can claim either a full refund or a kit to anchor the dresser. There is also a free, one-time installation being offered.

The dresser has been sold at various online retailers from January 2017 to September 2019, such as JC Penny, Bed Bath and Beyond, Macy’s, and Kohls.

Protecting Your Children

Young children are also endangered by other ordinary pieces of home furniture that might be defective, including bookcases, home entertainment centers, and kitchen appliances like refrigerators or stoves. Consumers should regularly consult the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s Recall website, which will list the most recent recalls. Manufacturers issue recalls when they become aware that their products are dangerous, often after innocent people have been injured.

If a piece of defective furniture has hurt you or your child, please contact an experienced product liability attorney in Miami. Dolan Dobrinsky Rosenblum has brought many defective product lawsuits, and we know how to get the compensation you need for your case. We offer a free consultation to those who call 305-371-2692.