Gemme Juvenile furniture company announced a recall of three-drawer, children’s dressers. Approximately 300 of the small chest of drawers have been recalled because the dressers can tip over and pose a risk of trapping a child under the furniture. If a child climbs up open drawers, using them like a ladder or stairs, the dresser can fall forward on top of the child.
A two-year-old boy from Barrington, Ill., died when he climbed from an open lower drawer into the second dresser drawer. The dresser fell on the baby and trapped him between the furniture and the floor.
This recall is for the Chelsea three-drawer dresser with windows in the top drawers. The model number is 303. They were sold in five finishes: cappuccino, cappuccino with a brown top, ebony, ebony with a brown top, and antique/French white. A sticker with the word “Natart” and a Gemme Juvenile logo is on the inside of the top drawer. Most dressers will also 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 is 35″ high x 21″ deep x 39 wide. Part of the Chelsea children’s bedroom furniture collection, the dresser is made of engineered wood, wood veneers and solid wood. The top drawer features two clear plastic windows in the front.
The dressers were sold for between $600 and $900 from January 2005 to December 2010 at Furniture Kidz and other children’s speciality stores, as well as at baby.com. They were manufactured in Canada.
The dressers met applicable safety standards when produced, but were manufactured prior to the existence of a May 2009 voluntary industry standard. That safety standdard requires tip-over restraints which attach to an interior wall, framing or other support be included with all dressers to help prevent tip-over dangers.
If you have a Chelsea three-drawer dresser, stop using it immedately and place it out of your child’s reach. To get a free retrofit kit that contains wall anchor straps to prevent the dressers from tipping, contact the manufacturer at (855) 364-2619.
If your baby has been injured or killed due to furniture tipping over, you should contact a furniture tipover lawyer to see what your rights are. Depending on the type of injury suffered and other factors, your family may be entitled to compensation for current medical bills related to the injury, future medical bills for long-term health issues, and pain and suffering. Also, a lawsuit can help persuade furniture designers and manufacturers to improve safety features and make products that do not tip over.
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