Dressers Recalled Due to Tip-Over Hazards and Deaths

Two scary recalls to share with you all tonight, both involving children’s dressers. The Consumer Product Safety Commission announced recalls of 300 Natart Chelsea Dressers and 18,000 Million Dollar Baby Dressers due to tip-over hazards. If a child climbs onto open dresser drawers, the dressers becomes unstable and pose the risk of tip over, entrapment and suffocation.

The products can tip over when a child’s weight is added to an open drawer and “a child can become injured in the fall or suffocate under the weight of the fallen dresser,” according to the CPSC. They say that every two weeks a child dies when a piece of furniture or a television falls on him or her and advise parents to anchor all furniture and TVs to the wall. This is a big wake-up call!

Dressers recalled due to tip-over and suffocation hazards. In the case of the Natart Chelsea Dressers, made by Jemma Juvenile out of Canada, a two-year-old boy from Barrington, Ill. reportedly suffocated after he climbed up or on an open lower drawer, causing the dresser to fall and entrap him.

This recall involves the Chelsea three-drawer windowed dresser with model number 3033, which was sold at Furniture Kidz and other independent juvenile specialty stores and at Baby.com from January 2005 to December 2010 for between $600 and $900.

The CPSC says consumers should immediately stop using and place the dresser out of a child’s reach. You can order a free retrofit kit that contains wall anchor straps at www.chelseawallanchors.com, www.NatartJuvenile.com, or by emailing the firm at safety@chelseawallanchors.com or calling toll-free at (855) 364-2619 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday.

Dressers recalled due to fall and tip-over hazards. In the case of the Million Dollar Baby four-drawer dressers , manuactured by Bexco Enterprises, there have been two reports of deaths associated with these dressers. An 11-month-old boy from Tulsa, Okla. and a 20-month-old girl from Camarillo, Calif. reportedly suffocated when their dressers tipped over, entrapping them between the dresser and the floor. The cause of the deaths has not been determined.

This voluntary recall involves “Emily” style four-drawer dressers with model numbers M4712, M4722, M4732 and M4742 and similar “Ryan” dressers with the model M4733. The dresser is a part of the DaVinci children’s bedroom furniture collection.

The recalled dressers were sold at JCPenney and independent juvenile specialty stores nationwide and online at Amazon.com, BabiesRUs.com, BabyUniverse.com and other online retailers from January 2006 through June 2010 for between $230 and $300.

Consumers should immediately stop using and keep the dresser out of a child’s reach. Consumers can contact Million Dollar Baby to receive a free retrofit kit that contains a wall anchor strap. The kits can be ordered by visiting the firm’s website at www.themdbfamily.com/safety2 and click on Safety HQ or call toll-free at (888) 673-6652 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday.

Both of these dressers met applicable voluntary standards when first produced, but a May 2009 voluntary industry standard, and subsequent revisions published in October 2009 and November 2009, requires that tip-over restraints be sold with the dressers.

CLICK HERE for full details on the Natart recall and HERE for full details on the Million Dollar Baby recall from the CPSC site, including product specs and finishes, and more photos.