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I’m David Salazar with the Safety Guardians. If you have not already done so, please go to our YouTube channel and subscribe. Also please join our Facebook group, where we also share a lot of information with you. We want you to be safe and knowledgeable about what’s on the market today and what is potentially dangerous.
What we do
I’m an attorney based in Houston, Texas. I handle product defects and product liability cases all over the nation. You name it, I’ve probably been to the state, whether it’s North Dakota or California. And the reason why I’m here today is because I want to make you aware of certain dangers.
The subject I’m going to talk about today is super important to me because my nephew is 10 months old. And it scares me every time I read stuff like this. Because prior to me even having a nephew — I don’t have kids — I wasn’t even aware of these dangers.
Dangerous dresser drawers
So today, I want to talk about extremely dangerous dresser drawers. Here are a couple of statistics from an article that was published by NPR, which is usually non-partisan. And they say that every year, thousands of children are injured by furniture tipping over. And every two weeks, a child is killed by a tip over. Think about that! Every two weeks, a child is killed by a dresser drawer being tipped over. That’s unacceptable.
According to this article, a consumer research institute conducted tests on approximately 50 dresser drawers. And they said regardless of the length, height, and width, all of them had tests across the board. They said some of these were very stable and some of them weren’t stable at all.
I want to give you an example of one of them that is extremely dangerous. In fact, it is so dangerous that the company was forced to issue a statement to the public saying, “Please, please, please send these dresser drawers back in.” And that company was Ikea.
In 2016, Ikea recalled 29 million dresser drawers because of tip over accidents that caused three fatalities in children in approximately three months. Regardless of whether or not this dresser drawer was anchored into the wall, it would still tip over and essentially crush the children causing catastrophic and fatal injuries.
Once this happened, Ikea did the right thing and they were actively trying to get these people to give them the dresser drawers back so they could give them a full refund. But sometimes, things get lost in the mail and you just don’t receive notices of those recalls.
Awareness is key
You have to be aware of that stuff because these things pose extreme dangers to children and I want to make sure you understand that. Ikea, in this instance, did the right thing. However, their dangerous product is still technically, used by consumers who either did not get the recall, or didn’t get the notice.
Perhaps they sold it to somebody else. Perhaps they didn’t need it anymore and gave it to someone. Who knows? What I’m saying is the probability is that, if there were 29 million of these sold in North America, chances are that there are quite a few of them still out there today.
This is just one example of the many tip overs that we found. I’m going to go over a couple of other cases that Consumer Reports said were dangerous.
There’s a dresser drawer made by South Shore. This one is actually priced at around $200. And whenever 50 pounds was put into the top shelf, it actually failed the test and tipped over pretty easily. 50 pounds in the top shelf was the standard test.
There’s another one that’s made by Ameriwood that failed the test as well. They’re all over the place. You have to be careful with this. Just remember that and make sure that you watch your children. And make sure, first off, that they’re not climbing on these dressers and that these things do not have the propensity to tip over if they are doing that.
If you have questions
My name is David Salazar. I’m an attorney in Houston, Texas, and I practice all over the country. If you have any questions or concerns or if you’ve experienced something like this where a dresser may have injured your child, please give me a call. I’d love to help you out, point you in the right direction, and give you some insight on what to expect next.