In January 2021, the Consumer Safety Commission * released a report on the number of accidents that affected a piece of furniture or a television set in someone. Of the 571 fatalities, 469 were under 18 years of age. The report covered the years 2000 to 2019.
In January 2018, ** the CPSC published a similar report, covering the years 2000 to 2017. This period recorded 542 fatalities, of which 450 involved children under 14 years of age. Nineteen other young people lost their lives between the two news periods because the television or a piece of furniture were not anchored. In both studies, the vast majority of deaths involved television.
Member of Congress Jan Schakowsky, Illinois Democrat and Pennsylvania Sen. Robert Casey want to make furniture safer with the 2021 Stop Stop-Overs of Unstable Act, Risky Dressers of Youth Act of 2021 (STURDY act). The proposed legislation, first introduced in 2019 and not considered, was reintroduced by Schakowsky and Casey last year. February 2021. So far, the invoice it has 15 sponsors in the Senate, including Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Corey Booker of New Jersey.
In accordance with Consumer reports, current furniture stability standards are voluntary. Manufacturers are not required to perform safety tests before placing furniture on the market.
If it becomes law, the legislation would direct the CPSC to develop and enforce mandatory stability standards for clothing units, such as chests, shop windows, and offices. The legislation is supported by several consumer groups, including Parents Against Tip-Overs, and the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Robert Calandra is an award-winning journalist and author of books he has written extensively on health and medicine. His work has appeared in national and regional magazines and newspapers.
* Consumer Protection and Safety Commission; January 2021. Product instability or injuries and fatalities associated with televisions, furniture and appliances: 2020 report.
** Consumer Protection and Safety Commission; October 2018. Product instability or injuries and fatalities associated with televisions, furniture and appliances: 2018 report.