Furniture

December 03, 2007

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) staff is supporting voluntary standards activities to revise performance requirements for furniture to address stability of clothes storage units intended for use in children’s bedrooms. Staff is participating in ASTM International activities to revise ASTM F2057-04, Standard Safety Specification for Chests, Door Chests, and Dressers, to address warning labels and anchoring systems. In addition, the F15.42 Subcommittee on Furniture Safety is considering revisions to the performance tests currently required in the standard.

 

In 2004, CPSC staff received reports of 24 fatalities related to appliance or furniture tipovers. On average, six fatalities per year are associated with chests, bureaus, or dressers. The majority of the reported fatalities are children younger than 10 years old.

 

Additional Information

 

Safety Alerts/Publications:

- Preventing TV and Furniture Tip-Over Deaths

- Children’s Furniture Safety Publications

 

 

Press Releases:

- CPSC Warns about TV, Large Furniture Tip-Over Dangers, September 12, 2006

 

 

Voluntary Standard and Code Activities

- Correspondence to ASTM International
May 5, 2006. Re: Staff position on attachment hardware for furniture stability

 

 

Contact ASTM International:

- For further information concerning ASTM standards associated with bicycles, please contact Len Morrissey at lmorriss@astm.org or ASTM International at www.astm.org

 

 

Contact CPSC

- For additional information or to comment, please contact cpsc-os@cpsc.gov

- Join a voluntary standards Email Subscription List