New furniture stability
standard will cause
confusion say furniture
The New York State Assembly
passed “Harper’s Law” on Thursday, May 30 – legislation that prohibits retailers in the state from selling clothing storage furniture that
does not comply with the current
voluntary furniture stability standard, unless the retailer provides a
tip restraint and consumer warning
for the non-compliant furniture.
If signed by New York Governor
Andrew Cuomo, retailers will have
90 days to comply.
Harper’s Law - named after Harper
Fried, a three-year-old girl who
died from a tip-over in 2016 - requires all new clothing storage furniture sold in retail stores or online
to New York consumers to comply
with stability standards set by the
U.S. CPSC or, in the absence of a
mandatory federal standard, with
the ASTM International voluntary
furniture stability standard. Presently, there is no mandatory federal
standard. The current version of
the ASTM voluntary standard is
The American Home Furnishings
Alliance (AHFA) issued a statement
about the law on June 5, noting
that this could create a precedent
for many different state regulations
on the issue of tip-over safety.
“While we support the purpose of
Harper’s Law, the AHFA favors a
mandatory federal standard,” said
Andy Counts, CEO of the AHFA.
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