U.S. News

Actions

Consumer Reports Is Pushing For Better Regulations On Dresser Design

Consumer Reports is asking federal regulators to set mandatory safety standards to prevent dressers from tipping over.
Posted at 4:53 PM, Mar 22, 2018

Consumers Union — the nonprofit advocacy group behind Consumer Reports — is calling on federal regulators to set a "stronger, mandatory safety standard" to prevent potentially deadly dresser tip-overs.

Consumer Reports said it tested 24 dressers and "concluded that the industry standard is inadequate."

The Consumer Product Safety Commission found from 2013 to 2015, more than 2,500 children were treated in the emergency room for injuries caused by tip-overs of chests, bureaus or dressers.

Currently there's only a voluntary standard on how dressers should be designed to prevent them from falling.

The organization says in the meantime, consumers can anchor dressers to the wall.