A recent study by Safe Kids Worldwide found that nearly 13,000 children are injured by falling televisions each year. That number has increased by 31% in the past decade. 7 out of 10 children injured are under the age of 5. The results of the report include data from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). *Source: Safe Kids Worldwide
Safe Kids Worldwide conducted a national survey of over 1,000 parents in October 2012 and found that 3 out of 4 parents haven't heard about TVs tipping and injuring children. Further, only 1 in 4 parents mount their flat screen TVs to the wall.
Some reasons the parents gave for not mounting the TVs include:
Due to parents' responses, Safe Kids Worldwide is now focused on increasing parental awareness about the importance of mounting or securing a TV.
Tip over accidents do not only happen with TVs. They also happen with furniture, such as chests, dressers and bookshelves.
Parents with young children really need to think about how to secure the heavy pieces of furniture in the home in order to avoid the risk of the furniture tipping onto a child. Many pieces of furniture can be secured with a strap or a bracket.
Sometimes, the furniture may be defectively designed which causes it to be unstable already and tip over easily. Other times, the bracket holding the TV may be defective so that it does not work properly and causes the TV to fall on a child. In these situations, victims may bring a lawsuit against the responsible parties. This is known as a products liability claim.
If you or a loved one was injured in a furniture tip over accident or a falling TV accident, feel free to contact the experienced products liability lawyers at White and Williams. Daniel O'Brien and his team have helped numerous victims in New Jersey and Pennsylvania in products liability cases. 877.944.8396