Products Liability Law Daily 1.6M Ameriwood Home chests of drawers recalled for tip-over and entrapment hazards
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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

1.6M Ameriwood Home chests of drawers recalled for tip-over and entrapment hazards

By Colleen Kave, J.D.

Ameriwood Home, of Tiffin, Ohio, has recalled around 1.6 million Mainstays chests of drawers because the recalled chests of drawers are unstable if they are not anchored to the wall, posing serious tip-over and entrapment hazards that can result in death or injuries to children. The chests do not comply with the performance requirements of the U.S. voluntary industry standard (ASTM F2057-14). An additional 1,000 chests were sold in Canada (CPSC Recall Notice, No. 17-217, September 6, 2017).

Incidents and injuries. CPSC has received one report of an injury after a chest of drawers tipped over onto a four-year-old.

Product description. This recall involves Mainstays four-drawer chests of drawers with plastic drawer glides and a single decorative pull on each drawer. The composite wood chests were sold in six colors: alder, black forest, white, weathered oak, walnut, and ruby red. The chests measure 40 5/16 inches high by 27 11/16 inches wide by 14 11/16 inches deep. Model numbers included in the recall are 5412012WP, 5412301WP, 5412328WP, 5412015WY, 5412301WY, 5412012PCOM, 5412015PCOM, 5412026PCOM, 5412213PCOM, 5412214PCOM, 5412301PCOM, 5412317PCOM, and 5412328PCOM. The model number is printed on the instruction manual.

These chests of drawers, which were manufactured in the United States and Canada, were sold at Walmart stores and other retailers nationwide and online at Walmart.com from April 2009 through May 2016 for about $60.

Remedy. Consumers should stop using any recalled chest that is not properly anchored to the wall immediately and place it into an area that children cannot access. Contact Ameriwood for a free repair kit that includes a wall anchoring device and feet for the unit. Consumers who require additional installation guidance should contact Ameriwood for further assistance.

Customer contact. For more information, customers may contact Ameriwood toll-free at 877-222-7460 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT, Monday through Friday, or online at www.Ameriwood.com and click on "Support."

Companies: Ameriwood Home

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