FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

FEBRUARY 10, 1992

 

Release # 92-051

WASHINGTON, DC -- In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Devan Designs, Inc. of Marion, NC is providing a free modification kit for certain pieces of furniture in its "Rainbow," "Color Plus," and "Perimeter" Collections, marketed under the brand name Lexington Furniture Industries. The drawers of this furniture are equipped with easy gliding rollers which offer minimal resistance when opening. If several drawers of these pieces are opened to their full extension, the furniture can tilt forward, possibly causing serious injury or death.

The CPSC was informed of this potential hazard by Devan Designs, Inc. after the report of a death which occurred when a five-drawer dresser fell on top of a 20-month-old child.

Approximately 4,050 consumers purchased this furniture between December 1989 and June 1991 at furniture stores nationwide. The retail cost of these units ranged from $300 to $550 each.

Devan Designs, Inc. developed one simple modification kit for all pieces which helps prevent the furniture from tilting forward. These minor modifications can be made by consumers in their homes. The modification program covers the following products:

Rainbow #12 and Color Plus #13 Collections

Item

 

 

Product Number
as of 2/1/91

 

 

Previous Product
Number

 

 

Door Dresser

 

 

506

 

 

01

 

 

Double Dresser

 

 

222

 

 

02

 

 

Chest

 

 

306

 

 

11

 

 

Chest

 

 

307

 

 

12

 

 

Bachelor Chest

 

 

513

 

 

10

 

 

Student Desk

 

 

532

 

 

27

 

 

Door Bachelor Chest

 

 

*

 

 

18

 

 

Wardrobe

 

 

*

 

 

17

 

 

Senior Dresser

 

 

*

 

 

06

 

 

Double Dresser

 

 

*

 

 

16

 

 

Computer Desk

 

 

*

 

 

93

 

 

Night Stand

 

 

621

 

 

21

 

 


* Discontinued

Perimeter #17 Collection

Item

 

 

Product Number

 

 

Door Dresser

 

 

506

 

 

Double Dresser

 

 

222

 

 

Chest

 

 

306

 

 

Chest

 

 

307

 

 

Bachelor Chest

 

 

513

 

 

Student Desk

 

 

532

 

 

Open Pier Cabinet

 

 

696

 

 

Left Pier Cabinet

 

 

697

 

 

Right Pier Cabinet

 

 

698

 

 

Night Stand

 

 

621

 

 

 

Consumers should examine their Devan furniture and check the product numbers listed in the furniture's brochure. If you own any of the above listed items, write to: Devan Modification Kit, P.O. Box 969, Marion, NC 28752, or call Devan Designs, Inc. collect at (704) 249-5277. Consumers should specify which pieces of furniture they own, their name and address, and the dealer from which they purchased the furniture. Within two weeks they will receive the free modification kit, which includes drawer catches and leveling glides. Should consumers have any problems making the modifications, consumers should call their nearest Devan dealer who will assist in making the necessary modifications.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is announcing this repair program as part of its mission to protect the public from unreasonable risks of injury and death associated with consumer products. The Commission's objective is to reduce the estimated 28.5 million injuries and 21,600 deaths associated each year with the 15,000 different types of consumer products under CPSC's jurisdiction.