Joybird Recalls Dressers Due to Tip-Over Risk
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Joybird furniture recalled its Blythe dressers today because the products failed to comply with voluntary stability standards and are unstable if not anchored to the wall, posing tip-over and entrapment hazards that could lead to death or serious injuries to children, according to an announcement by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
The recall involves about 100 units of Joybird’s Blythe dressers. The dresser measures about 66 inches wide, 18 inches deep, and 37.5 inches high; it weighs about 200 pounds. Stickers on the back of each recalled dresser say “Stitch Industries, Inc.,” the month and year of manufacture, and “TSCA Title VI Compliant.” The dressers were sold online at Joybird.com from October 2017 through July 2019 for about $1,700.
There are no reported incidents associated with the dresser. But the risk of harm is real: One person is injured about every 20 minutes—and one child dies about every two weeks—when a piece of furniture, an appliance, or a television falls onto them, according to the CPSC. Each year, thousands of those incidents involve dressers.
If you own a recalled Joybird dresser, contact the company by phone at 888-282-0842 or email at email@example.com, or reach the company through its website.
The company is offering a free pickup of the dresser and a full refund, the remedy preferred by Consumer Reports and other safety experts because it ensures that the hazard is removed from the home. Consumers can also contact Joybird for a free in-home repair to the dresser’s legs or a free one-time in-home installation of a tip-over restraint kit by a technician plus a $50 gift card to be used on Joybird’s website.
Consumers unable to take advantage of the recall remedy during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic should immediately stop using the recalled dressers and place them in a room children can’t access.
The recall comes as the U.S. Senate is considering legislation, already passed by the House of Representatives, called the Stop Tip-overs of Unstable, Risky Dressers on Youth (STURDY) Act. The act would require the CPSC to create a mandatory federal rule for dressers that’s tougher than the industry’s current voluntary standard.
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