On Feb. 14, 2006, three years before her son Shane was born, Lisa Siefert, a Barrington resident, bought a child’s dresser. In 2011, when the little boy was just more than two years old, the dresser tipped over and crushed him, ultimately causing his death. A lawsuit over the death was filed in Cook County, Ill., against furniture manufacturer Gemme Juvenile Inc., and the now-closed Illinois store Furniture Kidz. The toddler suffered head trauma but ultimately the pressure of the dresser caused the trapped little boy to suffocate. After learning of the incident, the Consumer Product Safety Commission recalled about 300 of the “Natart Chelsea 3-drawer dressers” sold between January 2005 and December 2010 for between $600 and $900.
The lawsuit states that no warnings or instructions were given to help prevent a tip-over. It contends that the child’s dresser should have had an “anchoring strap” in place, or some other system that would prevented the dresser from tipping over. According to its consumer hotline, Gemme Juvenile is now supplying the owners of these dressers with a “free retrofit kit” that includes a safety strap to secure the dresser to a wall.
According to the CPSC, the dressers — made in Canada — met safety standards when they were manufactured. A May 2009 voluntary industry standard “requires tip-over restraints that attach to the interior wall, framing or other support be included with all dressers to help prevent tip-over entrapment hazards to young children.” For more information, go to the Commission’s website at www.CPSC.gov.
Sources: Chicago Tribune and CPSC.gov
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