Earlier this month about 18,000 units of children’s furniture were recalled by Pai Design. The voluntary recall also involved about 2,160 units in Canada. The furniture was manufactured from January 2006 to September 2010.
Various types of furniture were included in the recall:
All of the furniture pieces were sold separately in the following collections: Karla Collection, Mantova Collection, Milano Collection, Salerno Collection, Volterra Collection, Wendy Collection and West Point Collection. In addition, separate bookcases/hutches that match the collections are also included in the recall.
The children’s furniture was sold at Babies “R” Us and other stores in the U.S. A full list of the model numbers and product names is provided at the CPSC's website.
Risk Of Injury To PA & NJ Consumers
The plastic restraint strap to attach the furniture to the wall can break which causes the unit to tip over. Obviously, this is extremely dangerous as children can be pinned under the furniture. As a result of the falling furniture, children can suffer a wide range of injuries, from soft tissue injury to broken bones to head injuries or traumatic brain injuries. In addition, children may also suffocate when pinned under the furniture and die as a result.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), on average, a child dies every two weeks due to unsecured furniture, such as TVs and large pieces of furniture.
CPSC’s 2007 report also indicates that furniture tip-overs are the third most dangerous hidden home hazard. Tip-over accidents average 22 deaths and 3000 injuries per year. The majority of victims are young children between 1 month and 8 years old.
Pennsylvania Furniture Tip-Over Deaths In The Last Year
Last July, 2 toddler sisters in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania tragically died as a result of a dresser falling on them while they were playing on a dresser. The parents bought the dresser in 2010. According to reports, the dresser did not come with any strap or anchor to prevent the dresser from tipping over.
Legal Options After A PA Furniture Tip-Over Accident
Victims and family members of deceased victims of furniture tip-over accidents may have legal rights if the furniture was defective. An example of a piece of furniture being defective is if it does not include proper anchoring devices.
If your child was injured in a furniture tip-over accident and you want to know your child’s legal rights, call Daniel J. O’Brien, an experienced personal injury lawyer, to schedule a free consultation. Mr. O’Brien has represented many consumers who were injured by dangerous products or furniture in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. 877.944.8396
*Source: www.cpsc.gov (Pali Design Recalls Children's Furniture Due to Tip-Over, Impact, Suffocation Hazards)