Pali Design Children’s Furniture Recall Issued Due To Tipover Risk

More than 20,000 children’s dresser and hutch furniture pieces have been recalled following at least one incident in which the restraint strap broke and allowed a dresser to tip over, posing a serious injury for young children or other individuals. 

The Pali Design children’s furniture recall was announced by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) on June 9, following a consumer complaint indicating the safety restraint belt designed to prevent the dresser from tipping over had broken, allowing the dresser to fall forward.

When heavy furniture tips over, it can cause a wide variety of severe injuries including broken bones, head injuries, suffocation from becoming pinned, and fatalities.

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The recall involves Pali Design armoires, combos, dressers and hutches sold under the brand name collections Karla Collection, Mantova Collection, Milano Collection, Salerno Collection, Volterra Collection, Wendy Collection, and West Point Collection. Also included in the recall is a separate bookcase/hutch available in matching finishes. The combination units include drawers and a cabinet in one unit. For a full list of recalled furniture pieces and model numbers please visit the recall notice linked above.

The children’s furniture was manufactured in Vietnam by Associate Yang Enterprise Co. Ltd., of Vietnam where they were imported by Pali Design Inc., of Canada and distributed for sale at independent specialty stores throughout the U.S. and Canada from January 2006 to September 2010 for between $420 and $750. The Karla Collection was sold exclusively in Babies R Us stores.

The CPSC recommends that customers immediately place the furniture out of the reach of children and contact Pali Design at 866-840-4140 for a free retrofit kit that contains newly designed restraint straps, mounting hardware, and installation instructions. Customers may also email Pali Design at customerservice@pali-design.com or visit them online at www.pali-design.com and navigate to the “Safety Notice” link for more information.

The children’s furniture recall was announced not even a week after the CPSC launched a new “Anchor It!” campaign, that will seek to raise awareness among parents and caregivers about the dangers of unsecured TVs and large pieces of furniture tipping over, causing severe and potentially life-threatening injuries for children.

The campaign will include public service announcements (PSAs), print PSAs, and other marketing designed to encourage people to visit their informational website www.anchorit.gov, which outlines dangers of tip-over accidents and steps to prevent them from happening.

The CPSC warns that unsecured furniture tip-over hazards are among the top hidden hazards in the home and are calling for parents to take action that could stop these preventable injuries and deaths. According to new data, furniture and TV tip-over accidents have caused 430 deaths over the last 13 years and account for roughly 38,000 emergency rooms visits annually.

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