CPSC Warns Consumers About Furniture Tip Over Injuries

CPSC Warns Consumers About Furniture Tip Over Injuries

The flat screen TV that is the pride of your living room could actually pose a serious injury risk to your child. Furniture tipovers involving televisions, washing machines, and other home appliances, as well as other types of furniture-related accidents, injure thousands of children every year. Unsecured pieces of furniture send hundreds of children to hospital emergency rooms every week. Unsecured large televisions and other large pieces of furniture cause a child fatality every two weeks in the United States.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has launched a national public education campaign titled "Anchor It!," and it is specifically warning parents about the risks involving large pieces of furniture in the home. The federal agency estimates that approximately 30,000 people are injured every year from tipovers involving large pieces of furniture. As many as two-thirds of those injuries involve children below the age of five. About 84% of the 430 fatalities in furniture tip over and furniture-related accidents that were reported to the federal administration between 2000 and 2013 involved children below the age of 10.

Make sure that your wall-mounted televisions are properly secured, and avoid leaving attractive items like toys and remote controls on top of table top televisions. These may tempt children to climb up and reach for them.

If you were injured as the result of a defective product, speak to a product liability lawyer in Los Angeles about your rights to compensation. These claims are typically filed under product liability laws, and must establish that the injuries occurred even when the product was used according to manufacturer specifications. Schedule a consultation with a product liability lawyer in Los Angeles and discuss your case.