US Senators Introduce Legislation to Prevent Furniture Injury |  News

US Senators Introduce Legislation to Prevent Furniture Injury | News

Washington, DC — A new bill passed by a Senate committee to address injuries and deaths caused by furniture.

The “Stop Tip-overs of Unstable, Risky Dressers on Youth (STURDY) Act,” if passed, would change stability standards for clothing storage unit manufacturers from voluntary to mandatory, requiring companies to ensure that products are tested for security and stability before being sold.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, furniture overturns cause an average of 25,500 injuries treated in emergency rooms each year. Of those injuries, 44% involve children being crushed, trapped or hit by furniture, TVs and appliances.

The current bill has broad support from groups including Parents Against Tip-overs, IKEA, the American Home Furnishings Alliance and other consumer, manufacturing and industry groups. It received bipartisan support on the Committee.

“The safety of our children is non-negotiable. Because of inadequate safety standards and testing for furniture overturning, families had to endure unimaginable tragedies and losses. My STURDY Act would implement much-needed reforms to make homes safer for children. I’m proud to see this legislation pass the committee and I will work with my colleagues to get it to the president’s table quickly,” said Senator Bob Casey, one of the bill’s main sponsors.

Tip over can be caused by product design flaws or improper installation, including designs with small bases and heavy tops, installation on a sloping or unstable surface, failure to use a restraint device, placing a heavy object on top of a dresser, and heavy opening dresser drawers simultaneously and disturbing the furniture’s weight distribution.

In addition to enforcing stability standards, the project would require rigorous testing of furniture items, including simulation of real-world use and safety warning requirements.

The bill now goes to the Senate Plenary for further analysis.

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