By: Russell Maas | Published: January 31st, 2013
About 18,000 children’s dressers were recalled by government officials after at least two reports were received involving infant deaths associated with the dressers tipping over, trapping the children between the dressers and the floor.
A Million Dollar Baby Dresser recall was announced by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) on January 30, after the commission and the manufacturer received two reports of deaths, including an 11 month-old boy and a 20-month old girl. The deaths were caused by the dresser tipping over and entrapping the children.
The CPSC warns that when a young child attempts to climb on the dresser drawers, the furniture may become unstable and tip over, posing the risk of entrapment. The Million Dollar Baby dressers were compliant with industry standards when they were first produced, but in 2009 industry standards changed to include tip-over restraints be sold with dressers.
The recall consists of “Emily” style Million Dollar Baby Dressers with four drawers and have model numbers M4712, M4722, M4732, M4742 and similar “Ryan” dressers with the model number M4733. The dressers were sold in five finishes including Cherry, Ebony, Espresso, Honey Oak and White. The dressers have “Million Dollar Baby” and “MADE IN TAIWAN” printed on a label located on the back of the dresser.
The dressers measure 33-inches high by 20-inched deep and 40-inched wide and is part of the DaVinci children’s bedroom furniture collection. The dressers are made from pine and wood composite.
The recalled dressers were manufactured in Taiwan and in the U.S. by Bexco Inc., under the Million Dollar Baby label. They were sold at JC Penny and independent juvenile specialty stores nationwide and online at Amazon.com, BabiesRUs.com, BabyUniverse.com and other online retailers from January 2006 through June 2010 for between $230 and $300.
The CPSC warns that consumers should immediately stop using the dressers and keep them out of reach of children. Consumers should contact Million Dollar Baby for a free retrofit kit containing a wall anchor strap, which attached to the wall and the dresser to prevent tipping over at (888) 673-6652. They can also order the kit online by visiting the firm’s website at www.themdbfamily.com/safety2 and clicking on “Safety HQ”.