woodworkingnetwork.com | June 2019 | 18 |
stability standard goes
Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) has
introduced the Stop Tip-Overs of
Unstable, Risky Dressers on Youth
(STURDY) Act of 2019 which would
require the U.S. Consumer Product
Safety Commission to promulgate
a mandatory stability standard for
clothing storage furniture.
H.R. 2211 directs CPSC to finalize a mandatory safety standard
for clothing storage furniture,
including stability testing regardless
of the furniture’s height. The voluntary standard currently in place applies to units more than 30 inches
tall, but a revision expected to be
adopted this summer would reduce
the minimum height of covered units
to 27 inches.
“Every hour, of every day,
approximately three children are
getting injured – over 25,400 per
year. Between 2000 and 2011,
these tip-overs have resulted in at
least 363 fatalities, with most of the
innocent victims being less than 8
years old,” said Congresswoman
Schakowsky, chair of the Energy
and Commerce Committee’s Consumer Protection and Commerce
Subcommittee. – K.K.
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