US Senators Introduce Legislation to Prevent Furniture Injuries | News
Washington, DC – A new bill has been 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 s Ensure products are tested for safety and stability before being sold.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, furniture overturns cause an average of 25,500 ER injuries each year. Of these injuries, 44% involve children crushed, trapped or struck by furniture, televisions and household appliances.
The current bill has broad support from groups such as Parents Against Tip-overs, IKEA, the American Home Furnishings Alliance and other consumer, manufacturing and industry groups. He received bipartisan support in committee.
“The safety of our children is non-negotiable. Due to inadequate safety standards and furniture overturning tests, families have had to endure unimaginable tragedies and losses. My STURDY law would implement much-needed reforms to make homes safer for children. I am proud to see this bill pass out of committee and will work with my colleagues to get it quickly to the President’s office,” said Senator Bob Casey, one of the bill’s lead sponsors.
Spills may be caused by product design flaws or improper installation, including designs with small bases and heavy tops, installation on an inclined or unstable surface, lack of a restraint, placing a heavy object on a dresser and a heavy opening. dresser drawers simultaneously and disrupting the weight distribution of the furniture.
In addition to making stability standards mandatory, the bill would require rigorous testing of furniture, including simulation of real-world use and safety warning requirements.
The bill is now sent back to the full Senate for further consideration.