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Statement By CPSC Acting Chairman Ann Marie Buerkle On Tipovers

I appreciate Consumers Union interest and its work on the furniture tipover issue. Too many children are injured or killed each year by falling furniture and televisions.

The CPSC is pursuing an aggressive, multi-pronged approach to reduce tipover injuries. We worked diligently with consumer advocates and industry to develop a strong consensus standard that was adopted in 2014.  I believe ASTM 2057-14 standard is a major step forward.  However, not all manufacturers are meeting that standard. We have started the rulemaking process to determine if adoption of a mandatory regulation to prevent tipovers of clothing storage units is warranted.

While we continue to work collaboratively to address this problem, CPSC urges consumers to Anchor It! Properly mounting or anchoring a TV, dresser, and other furniture will prevent these tragic incidents. Anchoring devices are inexpensive, take just 5 minutes to install and can truly save a child’s life. Tipover injuries and deaths are preventable when consumers anchor furniture.

I am pleased that Consumers Union is adding its powerful voice to our message on the need to anchor furniture securely.

In addition, consumers should always check to see if their furniture has been recalled at and should act quickly to take advantage of the remedy available.

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