August 11, 2020

On November 30, 2017,the CPSC published an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Regarding Clothing Storage Tipovers

DATES: Submit comments by January 29, 2018

Background:  The Consumer Product Safety Commission (Commission or CPSC) is aware of numerous injuries and deaths resulting from furniture tip overs. To address this risk, Commission staff reviewed incident data for furniture tip overs and determined that clothing storage units (CSUs), consisting of chests, bureaus, and dressers, were the primary furniture category involved in fatal and injury incidents.

Through enforcement and educational campaigns the Commission has attempted to reduce the risk of accidents and injuries. The Commission is now considering implementing a consumer product safety standard.

The Notice indicates that the Commission has done a preliminary evaluation of the voluntary safety standards that might be applicable to all or some of the products, and believes that these standards would not adequately address the issues.

The Commission is considering a mandatory standard which could define the products covered by the standard, provide performance requirements for stability of the products and provide labeling and warning requirements to accompany the products.

The Commission seeks comments on the adequacy of the voluntary standards and the appropriateness of a mandatory standard.