Washington, D.C. — A brand new invoice has handed by way of a Senate committee to deal with accidents and deaths attributable to furnishings.
The “Cease Tip-overs of Unstable, Dangerous Dressers on Youth (STURDY) Act,” if handed, would change stability requirements for producers of clothes storage items from voluntary to necessary, requiring firms to make sure that merchandise are examined for security and stability earlier than being offered.
In line with the Client Product Security Fee, furnishings tip-overs trigger a median of 25,500 emergency room-treated accidents yearly. Of these accidents, 44 p.c contain kids getting crushed, trapped, or struck by furnishings, TVs, and home equipment.
The present invoice has broad help from teams together with Mother and father Towards Tip-overs, IKEA, the American House Furnishings Alliance, and different client, manufacturing, and trade teams. It has obtained bipartisan help in Committee.
“Our youngsters’s security is non-negotiable. Due to insufficient security requirements and testing for furnishings tip-overs, households have needed to endure unimaginable tragedy and loss. My STURDY Act would implement much-needed reforms to make houses safer for kids. I’m proud to see this laws cross out of committee and I’ll work with my colleagues to get it to the President’s desk shortly,” mentioned Senator Bob Casey, one of many invoice’s predominant sponsors.
Tip-overs could also be attributable to product design flaws or inappropriate set up, together with designs with small bases and heavy tops, set up on a sloped or unstable floor, not utilizing a restraint system, putting a heavy object on high of a dresser, and opening heavy dresser drawers concurrently and disrupting the furnishings’s weight distribution.
Along with making stability requirements necessary, the invoice would require rigorous testing of furnishings gadgets together with simulation of real-world use and security warning necessities.
The invoice now strikes to the complete Senate for additional consideration.