Massive Dresser Recall
It’s been reported that one million dressers were recalled. Two companies recalled dresser models after the products failed stability testing. The tests were conducted by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Unfortunately, this marks the third and fourth dresser recalls in the past five months.
Ridgewood Industries (Ameriwood Home) Dresser Recall
Per Consumer Reports, Ridgewood Industries (also known as Ameriwood Home) recalled about 1 million Belmont four-drawer dressers sold by Kmart and Sears between April 2013 and September 2019 for about $40. The dressers, which have been sold as the Essential Home Belmont, the Ridgewood Belmont, and the Ameriwood Belmont, come in four colors and two sizes, ranging in height from 29¾ inches to 32¼ inches.
E&E Dresser Recall
Similarly, company #2, E&E, recalled about 1,800 Ink+Ivy Renu three-drawer dressers, sold online at Bed Bath & Beyond, Kohl’s, Macy’s, and elsewhere between January 2017 through September 2019. These products are about 36 inches tall.
We now know that both dressers are unstable if not anchored to a wall. This poses a serious tip-over hazard that could result in death or injury. Fortunately, though, no incidents have been reported with either.
Should We Worry?
Well, the dresser recall is significant because it indicates a few things: If dressers are unstable and could hurt kids, the law requires furniture makers to recall them. That’s as true for short dressers as for tall ones.
The CPSC has tested more than 150 dressers and other clothing storage units this year to see whether they complied with the industry’s standard. This took aim at getting unsafe dressers off the market.
What You Can Do
We suggest that you immediately stop using the recalled dressers. Similarly, move them to a place that children can’t access.
Ameriwood Home is not offering a refund for it’s Belmont four-drawer dresser. Instead, the company says it will provide buyers a free anchoring kit. This will secure the dresser to a wall.
To reach the company, call 888-222-7460 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can go to Ameriwood’s support page for more information. You can order an anchoring kit online here.
When asked about the non-refund, a spokesperson stated the following: “This remedy is tailored to the concern that led to this recall, namely that the dressers could tip if they are not anchored.”
E&E, on the other hand, is offering free installation of anchor kits for its three-drawer dresser. They are also offering the option of a refund plus a free pick-up or a prepaid packaging label to ship the dresser back. To contact E&E, call 844-701-5979 between 7 a.m. and 3:30 pm Pacific Daylight Time Monday through Friday, or go to the company’s recall page.
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