Modus Furniture has recalled 1,300 dressers because they are unstable, posing a serious tip-over risk that can result in death or injuries to children. According to Consumer Report, an announcement from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) also said that the dressers and the tip-over restraints that came with them do not comply with the industry’s current voluntary safety standards. Tip-over restraints are intended to secure furniture to the wall and prevent it from tipping. These dressers pose a serious tip-over and entrapment risk that could result in injuries or deaths to young children.
Details of the Recall
The recalled products include brands such as Brighton, Travis and Bevelle. Modus produced all models. The mahogany and cherry wood veneers have satin nickel-finished pull knobs and handles. A label on the back of each recalled dresser displays the date of manufacture and “Made in Indonesia.”
The products were sold at Costco and other furniture stores nationwide and online from November 2017 through December 2019 for about $700 to $1,100. If you have these dressers at home, contact Modus for a free compliant replacement tip-over restraint kit and a one-time free, in-home installation of the kit. No incidents have been reported in connection with these products.
Modus is not offering a refund for the recalled dressers. Consumer Reports says this is a worrisome recall strategy. Experts say Modus Furniture should be offering consumers full refunds. In fact, refund options are critical incentives for getting recalled dressers out of homes and keeping kids safe, especially now that the coronavirus pandemic might lead to logistical delays.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), one person is injured about every 20 minutes and one child dies about every two weeks when a piece of furniture, an appliance, or a television falls on top of them. Thousands of those incidents each year involve dressers. Dresser tip-overs have killed 212 people since 2000, and they are overwhelmingly children 6 or under.
If a defective dresser has injured your child, you may be able to seek compensation for the injuries, damages and losses by filing a product liability lawsuit against the manufacturer. These types of lawsuits have brought a number of crucial facts to light about the dangers of these defective products, recalls, and have created more awareness about this issue. An experienced product defect lawyer will be able to help injured victims and their families pursue justice and fair compensation for their losses.