On February 27, 2019, the CPSC issued a Notice to manufacturers, importers, distributors, and retailers of clothing storage units to ensure compliance with the latest revision of safety standard ASTM F2057 Standard Safety Specification for Clothing Storage Units. (The Notice is available in other languages here: 简体中文 , Tiếng Việt, Bahasa Indonesia, ภาษาไทย.) The Notice states that the CPSC considers clothing storage units (e.g., dressers) that fall within the scope of ASTM F2057, but do not meet its requirements, to contain a defect that could present a substantial product hazard.
A substantial product hazard includes product defects that create a substantial risk of injury to the public, under Section 15(a) of the CPSA, 15 U.S.C. § 2064(a). The Notice aims to address the risk of injury from clothing storage units tipping over. Manufacturers, importers, distributors, and retailers who obtain information that reasonably supports the conclusion that a product contains such a defect must notify the CPSC immediately, under Section 15(b) of the CPSA, 15 U.S.C. § 2064(b), and the CPSC may seek corrective action.
To comply with ASTM F2057, manufacturers, importers, distributors, and retailers of these products need to additionally review ASTM F3096 Standard Performance Specification for Tipover Restraints Used with Clothing Storage Units. ASTM F2057 requires clothing storage units that fall within the scope of the standard to include tip-over restraints that comply with ASTM F3096.
Standards listed above are available for purchase by following the appropriate hyperlinks. To report a potentially hazardous product to the CPSC, please visit the SaferProducts.gov Business Portal or email email@example.com.
Where can I find additional information?
For more information, please contact the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission:
- Office of Compliance (for specific enforcement inquires): e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; telephone: (800) 638-2772.
- Small Business Ombudsman (for general assistance understanding and complying with CPSC regulations): e-mail: Please use our Contact Form, which is the best way to get a fast response; telephone: (888) 531-9070.