WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in cooperation with Gemme Juvenile Inc., of Princeville, Quebec, Canada is announcing a recall to retrofit 300 children's three-drawer dressers. If a young child climbs up open dresser drawers, the dresser can tip over and pose the risk of entrapment. CPSC and the Company have received a report of a two-year-old boy from Barrington, Ill. who reportedly suffocated when he climbed on or up an open lower drawer into the second dresser drawer, causing the dresser to fall and entrap him between the unit and the floor.
When the dresser drawers are pulled all the way out and then the additional weight of a young child is applied, the dresser's center of gravity can be altered and result in instability of the product and consequently tip over. A child can become injured in the fall or suffocate under the weight of the fallen dresser.
This recall involves the Chelsea three-drawer windowed dresser bearing model number 3033. The dressers were sold in five finishes Cappuccino, Cappuccino with a brown top, Ebony, Ebony with a brown top, and Antique or French White. A sticker with the word "Natart" and the firm's logo is affixed to the inside of the top drawer. In addition, most dressers will have the model number, "Natart Juvenile," "Made in Canada" and "Chelsea 3 Drawer Dresser" printed on another label located on the back of the dresser. The recalled dresser measures 35-inches high by 21- inches deep by 39- inches wide and is part of the Chelsea children's bedroom furniture collection. The dresser is composed of engineered wood, solid wood and wood veneers. The top drawer has two clear plastic windows in front.
The dressers were sold at Furniture Kidz and other independent juvenile specialty stores and at Baby.com from January 2005 to December 2010 for between $600 and $900.
The Chelsea three-drawer dresser met applicable standards when produced but was manufactured prior to the existence of the May 2009 voluntary industry standard. That 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.
The dressers were manufactured in Canada.
Consumers should immediately stop using and place the dresser out of a child's reach. Free retrofit kits that contain wall anchor straps are being offered to consumers to help prevent the dresser from tipping. The kits can be ordered by visiting www.chelseawallanchor.com, www.NatartJuvenile.com, emailing the firm at email@example.com or calling (819) 364-6039, extension 224, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday.
Important Message from CPSC: Every two weeks a child dies when a piece of furniture or a television falls on him or her. Anchor all furniture and TVs.
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